Graham Golf Standout Signs with BC
Graham High School golf standout Ben Taylor will be continuing his career on the links at the collegiate level.
February 23, 2012
Graham High School golf standout Ben Taylor (seated center), alongside his parents, Lisa (seated left) and David (seated right) Taylor, signs a letter of intent to play golf at Bluefield College. Also looking on are BC golf coach Brian Hall (standing right) and GHS golf coach Matt Dixon (standing left).
On Thursday, February 23, on the GHS campus in front of family, friends, coaches and the media, Taylor signed a letter of intent to join Bluefield College and the Rams’ golf squad, beginning fall 2012.
After a stellar career at Graham and on the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour, Taylor will take his award-winning game to BC, just a few short miles down the road from GHS and a place he has known and loved for years.
“My father (David Taylor) is a graduate of Bluefield College, my mother (Lisa Taylor) attended BC, and my brother J.D. is currently a sophomore at Bluefield,” said Taylor. “So, not only is it an honor for me to attend Bluefield College, but also a blessing to be able to continue playing the only sport that I’ve ever truly enjoyed. I’m thankful to God, my family, coaches and teammates for their support and encouragement over the years.”
While a player for the varsity golf squad at Graham, Taylor earned All-District honors three years in a row (two in the Southwest District and one in the Mountain Empire District). He also served as the team’s first seed in both his junior and senior seasons.
“His on-course demeanor is what impressed me the most and how hard he worked on his game,” said Matt Dixon, head coach for golf at GHS. “He really works out and spends a lot of time on the range, more than anybody we have.”
During his senior year, Taylor also led the G-Men to Virginia’s Group A Region C Tournament, where they won a sudden-death playoff to advance to the Virginia High School League Group A State Tournament. There, Taylor and his teammates finished third overall in the state.
“Ben has an outstanding golf game,” said BC head golf coach Brian Hall. “He is very consistent and a great ball striker. He is dedicated to improving his game and those around him.”
In addition to his high school golf accomplishments, Taylor has qualified for numerous Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour Tournament Championships over the past four years. He actually won a Blue Ridge Championship and earned BRJGT Player of the Year in 2009 and qualified for the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Championship in 2010.
“Ben will bring a game that will put Bluefield College golf back on track for conference championships,” said Hall, “as well as the hope of a possible National Championship.”
Off the links, Taylor is an Honor Roll student at Graham High School and an active member of Bundy’s Chapel Baptist Church in Tazewell, Virginia, where he has been involved in local mission and ministry projects, as well as mission trips to Peru and New York City.
“We are truly blessed that Ben is coming to play at Bluefield College,” said Hall. “He is a positive role model and leader. He is exactly the type of person we are looking to recruit to come to Bluefield and represent us.”
Taylor plans on majoring in criminal justice at Bluefield College in preparation for a career as a game warden. He will begin his golf career with BC in September 2012 as the Rams begin their inaugural season as a member of the Mid-South Conference, a Division I affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“Lisa and I are truly blessed to be Ben’s parents,” said David Taylor. “He’s worked hard over the past several years to excel in golf, and we are proud that he has chosen to attend our alma mater to further that passion at the collegiate level.”