Dec. 13, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma men's golf head coach Ryan Hybl announced Sunday that Ben Klaus is transferring to OU from Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play for the Sooners this spring.
A native of Edmond, Okla., Klaus helped lead Edmond North to three-straight Class 6A State titles before signing with the Commodores.
"Ben is going to be a great fit for us as he is coming back to his home state," said Hybl. "He is Sooner born and Sooner bred and unfortunately left our state during his initial recruitment. He has come back and we are truly excited about him becoming a part of our golf program."
The redshirt-sophomore appeared in all four fall events for Vanderbilt in 2009, carding a stroke average of 75.3 in 10 rounds. Klaus posted a season-low 72 during the first round of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in his last tournament at Vanderbilt.
Klaus redshirted the 2008-09 season to rehab a knee injury.
As a freshman, Klaus competed in four events for the Commodores, ending the season with a 76.60 stroke average. Klaus posted a career-low 72 in the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate to lead Vanderbilt.
At Edmond North, Klaus placed third in the individual standings at the state championship as a senior, earning all-state honors in the process. Klaus was a member of the Huskies’ squad that holds the state record for 18-hole play (21-under) and 36-hole play (29-under) at the state championship.
Klaus and his Edmond North teammates went on to win the 2006 McDonald’s High School National Championship.
The son of Frank and Kim Klaus, Ben climbed as high as No. 63 in the junior golf rankings after posting four-straight top-10 finishes in AJGA events. Klaus placed fourth at the 2006 AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior Championship and 20th in the Western Junior Amateur.
Klaus notched a pair of sixth-place finishes on the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) at the Whistling Straits Junior Golf Classic and the ASU Junior Golf Classic.
Also an accomplished ice hockey player, Klaus majored in human and organizational development at Vanderbilt.