BenU at Mesa golfers gain exclusive access to premiere course

December 15, 2014

BenU at Mesa Men's GolfMesa, Arizona ~ The Benedictine University at Mesa golf program recorded a hole-in-one without even teeing off.

Student-athletes who play for the University’s golf teams now call the Las Sendas Golf Club their home course for practice and competition thanks to a special agreement between the club and the University. The agreement allows Benedictine’s men’s and women’s golf teams to hone their skills on one of the top golf courses in the Phoenix area.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for our student-athletes to practice and compete on a world-class golf course,” said Steve Schafer, associate athletic director at Benedictine University at Mesa. “It is truly an outstanding venue, and we are very excited and grateful to Las Sendas Golf Club for helping us offer this opportunity to our students.”

The partnership with Las Sendas adds a certain level of prestige for the Redhawks, who already have begun to make a name for themselves on the links. Junior Ben Potter shared the individual title at the National Collegiate Club Golf Association’s Southwest Regional Meet in Sun Lakes, Ariz. The Phoenix native shot even par for the event with a two-round total 144. Juniors Ryan Witte and Justin Hyden also turned in strong showings this fall, tying for fifth place at the Arizona Christian Firestorm Classic with two-round totals of 144.

The University has applied for membership with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Benedictine is accepting applications for spring 2015 enrollment. Classes begin January 12.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014.

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