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Ben Wong (2018) commits to SMU

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Last month, SMU head coach Jason Enloe teamed up with Alex Buecking to defeat teenagers Frankie Capan and Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

On Sunday, Wong, a 16-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, committed to the Mustangs.

“I felt a good balance at SMU, and I saw myself become the best person and golfer I could be at SMU,” Wong, a Class of 2018 recruit, told Golfweek. “From the moment I arrived for my first visit, I felt extremely comfortable with the atmosphere of the campus and also the city of Dallas. I envisioned big things happen for the golf team after Coach Enloe and Coach (Chris) Parra showed me the master plan for Trinity Forest, the future SMU home course.

“I felt a great amount of positivity from the coaches, committed players and current players that are a part of SMU golf, and I want to surround myself with passionate golfers that would push me to the next level.”

Wong, who was born in Hong Kong and moved to Beijing at 6 years old, attends The John Cooper School in The Woodlands. He chose SMU after also receiving an offer from North Carolina and looking at Baylor, Oregon, Pepperdine and Texas A&M.

Wong qualified for the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be his third appearance in the championship. He also played it in 2013 and ’14 (he made match play in 2014 at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands). Earlier this month, he tied for 13th at the Texas State Amateur, and then last week, he was T-3 at the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior at The Woodlands Country Club.

In 2015, Wong won the Shell Houston Junior Open by 12 shots.

Wong joins Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, and Joe Highsmith of Tacoma, Wash., in SMU’s 2018 recruiting class.

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