BOCA RATON, Fla. – (Aug. 28, 2017) – Florida Atlantic University men’s golf alum Ben Silverman has earned his PGA Tour Card after a win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship propelled him to the top 25 of the money list on the Web.com Tour on Aug. 13.
“I’m really excited,” Silverman said. “I can’t wait to get going. It’s where I want to be. It’s where I want to play, and I want to be able to have my family travel with me and be able to support them playing golf. So that dream is starting to come true.”
Silverman, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, posted a bogey-free round of 67 in the final round of the tournament after back-to-back rounds of 63 to claim the victory with a four-round total of 263.
Silverman began his professional golf career after his 2010 graduation. He played in a number of developmental tours including the Minor League Golf Tour, NGA Tour and the Professional Golf tour, just to name a few. In 2014 and 2015, Silverman was a full-time member of the PGA Tour Canada before joining the Web.com Tour in 2016.
He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Johnson & Wales University in Miami before transferring to play at FAU starting in 2008 where he pursued a degree in psychology.
“FAU was probably the perfect place I could have gone to at that point in my career,” Silverman said. “I was averaging mid-to-low 70s, but I wanted to play on a big stage at a Division I school. Even though I had to qualify and walk on, I ended up being the No. 1 or 2 player when I was there. I was able to play in every tournament and got a lot of experience.
“It never crossed my mind whether or not I was going to make the Tour,” he said. “It [FAU] was a step in the process where I could practice my skill. It was a hard-fought number of years to this point.”