THIS SEASON: Senior Ben Hayes is off to a fine start this fall and is primed to challenge for postseason honors. He led off the year with his first collegiate win at the Opus Husky Invitational, then followed that up with a career-low 208 to tie for 10th at the Jerry Pate. Heading into the spring, he leads the Trojans with a stroke average of 72.18. He finished tied for 53rd at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge.
2003-2004: Hayes played in all 13 tournaments for the Trojans as a junior and turned in his finest season yet, posting a team-best stroke average of 72.53 ... The co-captain led Troy in five tournaments on the season, including two top-10 finishes and three other top-25 finishes ... Fired two rounds of 69 to tie for third at the National Invitational, the highest finish by any Trojan last season ... Shot a then-career-low 210 to tie for 16th at the Thunderbird Invitational ... Led the Trojans at the Pac-10s, where he shot a 72-hole 290 to tie for ninth ... Posted a 213 after 54 holes to lead USC at the NCAA Championships ... For his efforts, he was named All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
2002-2003: Hayes played in 10 tournaments for USC in 2002-2003 ... Stroke average was tied for seventh on the squad at 74.72 ... Shot a season-low 69 in the first round of the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate and in the second round of the NCAA West Regional ... Best 54-hole score (214) also came at the Ping Arizona ... Had his highest finish at the Pac-10 Championships, leading the Trojans while tying for 15th ... Tied for 42nd at the NCAA Championships.
2001-2002: Hayes played in all twelve of USC's tournaments as a freshman ... Stroke average of 73.29 was third-best on the team ... For his efforts, he was named the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, the second year in a row that a Trojan was so honored ... Shot 215 to tie for 13th in his college debut at The Ridges Intercollegiate ... Came back to shoot 217 and tie for 10th at the William Tucker Invitational ... Proved his true value in the second half of the season, as his best finishes all came in tournaments that the Trojans won ... Finished fourth at the Cleveland Golf Classic with a score of 213 to help the host Trojans win the team title for the first time since 1997 ... Shot a season-low 213 to tie for fourth as the Trojans won the U.S. Intercollegiate ... Helped lead Troy to its second-straight Pac-10 team title by shooting 286 to tie for fourth ... Tied for 90th at the NCAA West Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hayes prepped at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was the 1999 Arizona Republic's Boys Golfer of the Year after winning the state individual championship and leading Brophy to the state team title ... Capped off his high school career with a course record round of 66 to place fourth at the 2000 state championships held at Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz. ... Finished fifth at the prestigious Polo Golf Junior Classic in 1999, for which he was named national Student Athlete of the Week by ESPN ... Also an avid basketball player.
PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 28, 1982, Ben is an international relations major at USC.
Lowest 54-Hole Score: 208, Jerry Pate Invitational, 2004
Lowest Round: 67, Third round of Red River Classic, 2001 First Round of Thunderbird Invitational, 2004 Second Round of Jerry Pate Invitational, 2004
Career Rounds in 60s: 16
Top 10 Finishes: Eight, The William Tucker, 2001 (10th tie) Cleveland Golf Classic, 2002 (4th) U.S. Intercollegiate, 2002 (4th tie) Pac-10 Championships, 2002 (4th tie) National Invitational, 2004 (3rd tie) Pac-10 Championships, 2004 (9th tie) Opus Husky Invitational, 2004 (1st) Jerry Pate Invitational, 2004 (10th tie)
Highest Finish: 1st, Opus Husky Invitational, 2004 (1st)
Career Stroke Avg.: 73.19