Clemson golf

Martin and Young talk about making the PGA Tour

Sunday was a big day in the life of two upstate professional golfers.

Ben Martin had experienced it before when he first made the PGA Tour, but for Carson Young it was a new experience.

Both golfers drove back to their homes in the Upstate from the Korn-Ferry Tour Championship in Indiana on Monday.

While driving home to South Carolina they each took a few minutes to talk about making the PGA Tour, the journey to get the coveted PGA Tour card and what comes next for the two former Clemson golfers.

While we wish we had a PodCast of these interviews, (and may have one in the future) you can listen to the interviews on this website, which can also be accessed on smart phones and tablets.

Ben Martin

Carson Young

Greenwood’s Ben Martin returns to the PGA Tour after missing almost 5 years of full-time play due in part to an injury. Martin was an All-ACC performer at Clemson and a US Amateur finalist. Since turning pro in 2011 Martin claimed wins on the Korn-Ferry Tour and a PGA Tour victory in only his 56th start on the Tour when he won the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
Carson Young grew up in Pendleton and was tutored by legendary Boscobel pro Harvey Brock. As a prep golfer Young won a pair of state titles and also had success as a junior. He won two SCGA state amateur titles and played four years for Clemson earning All-ACC honors twice. In his rookie season on the Korn-Ferry Tour Young won the Panama Championship.
Martin was a winner on the Korn-Ferry Tour and claimed his PGA Tour victory at the 2015 Shriners Hospital for Children tournament and earned his trip back to the PGA Tour finishing 17th at the Korn-Ferry Tour Championship.
Young played his first full season on the Korn Ferry Tour this year. During the Covid year Young won on the Local iQ Series. He won the Panama Championship early in the season and wrapped up his PGA Tour Card with a tie for 12th at the Korn Ferry Championship.
As an amateur Martin won his home town Festival of Flowers championship. In 2009 Martin played for the US Amateur championship making it to the finals were he was topped by Byeon-Huh An from South Korea.
Young was two time winner of the South Carolina Golf Association Amateur championship. He won the 2013 title at Woodcreek and the 2016 title at DeBordieu. (GolfClub Photo)
At Greenwood High School Martin was twice selected as a member of the AAAA All-State team. (GolfClub Photo)
At Pendleton High School Young was a two-time individual state champion and helped the team to state championships.
Martin earned All-ACC honors as a freshman at Clemson and repeated the honor two other times during his Tiger golf career. He won the 2010 Furman Intercollegiate nd was an Honorable Mention All-American the same year. (GolfClub Photo)
Young played for four years at Clemson. He was named to the All-ACC team twice during his Tiger golf career.
Young won the 2017 Furman Intercollegiate and also was names an Honorable Mention All-American.(GolfClub Photo)

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