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Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 10.23.14 All the latest news from the local golf scene... ...Next WEEK! Click our Icon to Subscribe! Ben Martin breaks through for his fi rst win on the PGA Tour I've written about Ben Martin before and have interviewed him a few times ever since I became aware of his strong family connections to Tuscaloosa. So it was with interest that I watched him break through for his first PGA Tour win Sunday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nev. In fact, it was a Tuscaloosa 1-2 as Martin won, with Kevin Streelman in second, two back of Martin. Streelman is married to Courtney Ca- ples, who grew up in Tuscaloosa and her family still lives there. After the terrible tornadoes in 2011, Streelman, and fellow PGA Tour players with strong Tuscaloosa and University of Ala- bama connections, Dicky Pride and Jason Bohn, organized a golf event at Indian Hills CC to raise money to help families and communities affect- ed by the devastation. Courtney Streelman was in charge of the event's planning and execution. You just never know with golf, as the previ- ous week Martin really struggled at the Frys. com Open and only beat one player, missing the cut by a mile. He turned it all around the very next week, as he took the lead into the final round and shot a Jim Martin, Billy Horschel and Ben Martin tailgate at this year's Alabama-Florida game. Martin joined Horschel as a winner on the PGA Tour on Sunday.

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