Havana native Ben Bates will be competing in this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma. He joins 155 other golfers in the 4-round event which starts Thursday, July 10. Thursday and Friday’s rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2 while Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will be carried by NBC.
Bates will tee off at 1:10 p.m. for Thursday’s round and 7:25 a.m. on Friday. He is paired with Lance Ten Broeck and Jerry Hass.
Featured players who Bates will be competing against include former PGA tour pros Bob Tway, Scott Verplank, Gil Morgan, Willie Wood, Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate, Fred Funk, Mark O'Meara, John Cook, Fred Couples, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, and Mark Calcavecchia.
Bates was a member of the Nationwide Tour from 1990–97 and 2001–09 and a member of PGA Tour from 1998-2001. Bates holds the Nationwide Tour's all-time cuts (226) and starts (410). He played in his 1,000th round on tour in 2007.
Bates has won two events on the Nationwide Tour including the 1997 Wichita Open where he defeated Carl Paulson, Jeff Brehaut and Chris Smith in a four-man playoff. He also won The Reese's Cup Classic in a playoff in 2004.
Bates was a member of the NCAA Division II championship team at Troy State University and won five collegiate tournaments.
He is the son of Ed and Louise Bates of Havana.