Ben Rathfon named top collegiate player

Posted August 5, 2005 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Frank Fuhrer, III, Collegiate Player of the Year, Ben Rathfon

The WPGA Championship Committee has selected Ben Rathfon, Allegheny College, as the recipient of the Frank Fuhrer, III, Award, as the top college player in the Association during the 2004-05 season. Rathfon, who graduated on May 15 with a degree in political science, is from Clarion, a graduate of North Clarion County HS.

Rathfon is a four time NCAA Division III All-American, including a 3rd team selection this season, and an All Region player. He won four tournaments this season, recorded ten finishes in the top ten in twelve events, and recorded a 75.3 scoring average with a low round of 68. He was named the North Coast Athletic Conference's Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Previous winners were Justin Smith, Minnesota in '01-'02 and '03-'04; and Matt Guyton, Clarion,'02-'03. The award is named after Frank Fuhrer, III, an All-American and All ACC selection during his career at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1978-82. Fuhrer also won the 1981 Western Amateur, and was a member of the 1981 Walker Cup team. During the 1981 season, he was ranked #2 among amateurs in the USA. Fuhrer played the PGA Tour for several seasons, and has won six different WPGA championships, eleven titles in all.