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N.C. club pro wins spot in Warrior Open


Southport, North Carolina (April 30, 2019) – The Clubs at St. James Plantation Assistant Golf Professional Ben Wilson has been selected to play in the 2019 Bush Institute Warrior Open, presented by AT&T, a competitive golf tournament that honors post-9/11 U.S. service members seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. The Warrior Open will be held May 5-6, 2019, just before the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA TOUR event held May 8-12 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. Wilson is one of 24 “warriors” selected to play in this year’s tournament.


The Bush Institute Warrior Open features an 18-hole competition open only to the 24 warriors on Sunday, May 5th and an 18-hole pro-am, including PGA TOUR professionals and warriors, on Monday, May 6th.

Sergeant Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2003. For three months, he served as an ammo tech in a reserve unit. He transferred to active duty and deployed to Iraq as a LAAD gunner in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In 2009, he was deployed once again to Iraq. During that deployment, Wilson was injured when the building he was standing near obtained indirect fire. Wilson experienced a blast-related head trauma. During another convoy patrol, he sustained a traumatic brain injury when the vehicles ahead of his hit an improvised explosive device and an RKG-3 anti-tank grenade. He medically retired from active duty in 2016. For his service, he has been awarded many awards and ribbons.

Wilson has used the game of golf to deal with military-related issues and to reach struggling veterans. During his first month of retirement, he began working at The Clubs at St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina as an assistant golf professional. He is currently working on becoming a PGA professional and is an active member of the Veteran Golfers Association and many other military golf organizations teaching veterans the game of golf. Wilson is also active in fundraisers for military organizations, including the Folds of Honor Foundation.

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About St. James Plantation
St James Plantation is one of the top private residential golf communities in the Coastal Carolinas. The Clubs at St James offers Members 81 holes of golf, five distinct restaurants, 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, a marina, multiple state-of-the-art fitness facilities featuring both indoor and outdoor aquatics, a private beach club, and miles of walking and biking trails with some of the best views in the area; St James Plantation takes pride in making any golf outing or social event a truly memorable occasion.

About Troon
The Clubs at St. James Plantation is owned and managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 430 locations around the globe, including managing 470 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International, OB Sports, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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