General Manager and Director of Golf Benjiman Kent has been a part of the Persimmon Woods Golf Club Team since 2003. He was elevated to Head Professional in 2006 and became our General Manager and Director of Golf in October 2008.
A native of Watertown, Minnesota, Ben moved to St. Louis in 2003 to join the Persimmon Woods Team after terms of service in Minnesota, Florida and Wisconsin. He has over 20 years of progressive success in the Golf Industry. Ben earned Class A Membership into the PGA of America in 1999, earning Titleist Foot-Joy Apprentice Scholarships during his Member Training with the PGA. He is also a Member of the Club Managers Association of America.
In 2008, he was honored by the Gateway Section of the PGA of America with the Private Club Merchandiser of the Year Award and has been a multi-year finalist for the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his commitment to promoting and mentoring PGA Professionals in the Gateway Section and for his community involvement through the game of golf in metro St. Louis. In both 2011 and 2012 he was a finalist for the Gateway's Horton Smith Award for Education, winning the award in 2012. He was elected by his peers in the Gateway PGA to serve as Secretary in November of 2012. Currently he is serving a two-year term on the Gateway PGA’s Board of Directors as Vice President. In 2014, he was appointed to the PGA of America’s National Education Committee, one of only 12 PGA Members in the U.S. to earn that distinction. In 2015, he was recognized as (one of two) Gateway PGA Professionals of the Year and is nominated for the 2016 National PGA Professional of the Year Award.
Ben earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He and his wife, Veronica, reside in Wildwood with their two children.