Story by John Cooper School
Shuai Ming “Ben” Wong, a sophomore at The John Cooper School, won the boys’ division of the Second Annual Shell Houston Open Junior Championship over Labor Day weekend. Wong established the tournament scoring record of 11 under par (205 total) for the 54-hole event. His closest competitor was 12 shots behind.
Wong’s path to the tournament scoring record included nine birdies on the final day to offset two bogeys. He had five birdies (holes 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8) on the front nine en route to a 31. On the back nine he had four birdies (holes 11, 12. 13 and 17) to offset bogeys at 10 and 14.
The 54-hole invitational event, played on the site of the Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR event in Humble, attracted juniors from 38 different cities across the state.
Wong is a member of Cooper’s 2015 championship boys’ golf team.
“Ben is an exceptionally talented golfer. His mental approach to the game and his preparation for tournaments mirrors that of tour professionals,” said Rod Gold, head golf coach for Cooper. “Ben continues to get better every day because he has the passion to learn and improve on a daily basis. He has the ability and talent to win every tournament in which he tees it up.”