No. 11 Auburn men's golf 2016-17 season preview
Auburn’s Ben Schlottman ousted in U.S. Amateur round of 32
Schlottman advances to match play at U.S. Amateur; Gilchrest in playoff
Four Tigers qualify for the 116th U.S. Amateur
Gilchrest finishes 3rd in Texas State Open; Crowe 2nd, Benton 4th in Palmetto
2015 Golfweek All-American honorable mention (1st freshman in AU history to be named All-American)
2015 All-SEC first-team (1st freshman in AU history to be named All-SEC first-team)
2015 NCAA All-Southeast Region
2015 SEC Freshman of the Year
2015 Freshman All-SEC
2015 SEC Championship runner-up (-8) (best finish by an Auburn freshman in history)
Set the Auburn freshman stroke average record 70.96 in 2015 which was the fourth lowest overall in Auburn history
SEC Freshman of the Week (4-1-15)
65, SEC Championship 2nd round (4-18-15) (5-under)
66, Schenkel Invitational 1st round (3-20-15) (6-under)
2016-17 (Junior): Averaged 73.71 strokes per round ... 5 sub-par rounds ... Counted 7-of-12 rounds played ... Tied for ninth at the Jerry Pate National with an even-par 70-71-69--210 ... Tied for ninth playing as an individual at the Gary Koch Invitational with a 71-69-74--214 ... Tied for 23rd in the Inverness Intercollegiate with a 4-over 77-71-69--217 ... Tied for 43rd at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate with a 75-70-76--221 ... Tied for 61st at the Tiger Invitational with a 79-73-72--224 ... Tied for 77th at the Bandon Dunes Championship with a 79-77-77--233 ... Tied for 112th at Amer Ari Invitational at 78-77-74--229.
2015-16 (Sophomore): Averaged 72.57 strokes per round ... 4 top-10 finishes on the season ... Counted 26-of-32 rounds played ... 7 rounds in the 60s ... 13 sub-par rounds ... Tied for sixth at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner at 1-under 72-69-74--215 ... Tied for eighth as part of Auburn's B-team at the ASU Fall Beach Classic at 74-71--145 ... Tied for 10th at the Schenkel Invitational at 8-under 66-74-68--208 ... Tied for 10th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay at 1-under 76-69-70--215 ... Tied for 14th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate with a 69-72-69--210 ... Tied for 17th at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate at even par 74-74-68--216 ... Tied for 18th at the SEC Championship with a 74-73-71--218 ... Tied for 30th at the NCAA Regional with a 76-74-71--221 ... Tied for 34th at the Primland Collegiate Invitational at 79-72--151 ... Tied for 41st at the U.S. Collegiate Championship with a 78-72-72--222 ... Tied for 42nd at the Amer Ari Invitational at 74-71-71--216 ... Tied for 53rd at the 81-72-70--223 ... Tied for 125th in the NCAA Championship with a 76-74-75--225 ... Academic Top Tiger.
2014-15 (Freshman): Became the first freshman in Auburn history to be named Golfweek All-American honorable mention ... also the first freshman in Auburn history to be named to the All-SEC first-team ... SEC Freshman of the Year ... Freshman All-SEC ... NCAA All-Southeast Region selection ... made his debut on the PGA Tour in the 2015 Barbasol Championship at Grand National's Lake Course in Auburn-Opelika, Ala., missing the cut with a 2-over 75-69--144 in July ... had a team-low 70.96 stroke average, the fourth lowest single-season stroke average in Auburn history and the lowest ever by a Tiger freshman ... 15 sub-par rounds out of 25 played ... eight rounds in the 60s ... counted 23 of 25 rounds played ... SEC Championship runner-up with an 8-under 67-65-70--202 ... had a career-low 65 in the second round ... set the Auburn record for SEC Championship finish by a freshman ... named SEC Freshman of the Week on April 1 after he tied for second in the Schenkel Invitational with an 11-under 66-68-71--205, finishing one shot behind teammate Dan Stringfellow ... fired a career-low first round 66 in the Schenkel Invitational first round ... tied for third at the Tiger Invitational with a 6-under 72-69-69--210 ... tied for fifth at the Gary Koch Invitational with a 4-under 74-68-70--212 ... tied for 22nd at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a 1-under 71-73-71--215 ... tied for 26th in the Amer Ari Invitational with a 6-under 70-69-71--210 in his collegiate debut as all three rounds counted ... tied for 54th in the NCAA Lubbock Regional with a 6-over 76-70-73--219 ... tied for 61st in the NCAA Championship with a 74-72-72-83--301 and played with 2015 NCAA Champion Bryson Dechambeau in the final round ... named the Auburn Athletic Department's Male Rookie of the Year at the AUSPYs awards banquet.
High School: Played for Forsyth Country Day School for five years ... Helped lead the school to a team title while also capturing the individual 2013-2014 Palmetto High School Championship ... Was five-time NCISAA All-State and two-time North Carolina All-State first-team
Amateur: Advanced to the 2015 U.S. Amateur ... Was the 2014 CCNC Amateur Champion ... Two-time US Junior Qualifier ... Won the 2015 Palmetto Amateur with an 8-under 272 ... Won the 2014 Carolinas Junior Championship ... Tied for first in the 2014 Verizon Junior Heritage ... Tied for ninth at the 2014 New Year's Invitational ... Placed 10th at the 2015 Swiss International Amateur.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Jeanne Schlottman ... Born March 21, 1996 ... Studying in Harbert College of Business.
Get to Know Ben:
Q: What is your favorite thing about Auburn?
A: The Auburn Family and incredible people you meet through it
Q: If you could play a round on any course, which would you choose and why?
A: Augusta National. Enough said.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
Q: If you could play a round of golf with anyone living or dead, who would you choose?
A: My Grandfather
Q: Who is your personal role model?
A: Connor MacGregor
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Peanut butter, hands down
Q: What is the most memorable moment you've ever had playing golf?
A: Making putt to shoot 59 on my own in the dark
Q: Aside from golf, what would be your ideal profession?
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas. Family.
Q: What is your favorite animal?
Q: Why did you choose Auburn?
Q: Who is your favorite professional golfer?
A: Patick Reed
Q: What is a movie you think everyone should watch?
A: "Marley and Me"
Q: If you could go to any concert, who would you go see?
Q: What does the Auburn Family mean to you?
A: A support system of thousands who can bond over a common place that changed our lives
Q: What is the toughest course you have ever played?