Ben Arda

Ben Arda (13 June 1929 – 20 December 2006) was a Filipino professional golfer.

Ben Arda
Personal information
NicknameBantam Ben, Toy Tiger
Born(1929-06-13)13 June 1929
Cebu, Philippine Islands
Died20 December 2006(2006-12-20) (aged 77)
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Philippines
Former tour(s)Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Asia Golf Circuit
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour4
Asian Tour9 (Asia Golf Circuit)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1962
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1972
Achievements and awards
Asia Golf Circuit

Arda, known as Bantam Ben and the Toy Tiger[1] because of his small stature, was one of Asia's leading golfers during the 1960s and 1970s. He was the first Filipino to qualify for the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship.[2] He won nine tournaments on the Asia Golf Circuit, including the Philippine Open three times, and headed the points list in 1970.[3] He also won four times on the Japan Golf Tour and played in the World Cup 16 times,[4] recording a best finish of 2nd place in 1977 with playing partner Rudy Lavares.

Professional wins (15)Edit

Japan Golf Tour wins (4)Edit

Japan Opens (1)
Other Japan Golf Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 27 May 1973 Dunlop Tournament −8 (71-69-70-70=280) 4 strokes   Masashi Ozaki
2 30 Sep 1973 Japan Open Golf Championship −11 (68-74-69-66=277) 2 strokes   Isao Aoki
3 25 Apr 1976 Sobu International Open −11 (69-68-70-70=277) 4 strokes   Chen Chien-chung
4 24 Apr 1977 Dunlop International Open (2) −6 (72-71-67-72=282) 2 strokes   Terry Kendall,   Tsuneyuki Nakajima

Asia Golf Circuit wins (9)Edit

Other winsEdit

This list may be incomplete

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
Masters Tournament CUT
The Open Championship CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972 Open Championship)
Note: Arda never played in the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship.

Team appearancesEdit

This list is incomplete


  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 360. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
  2. ^ Castillo, Musong R. (21 December 2006). "Golf great Bantam Ben Arda dies, 77". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. A23. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  3. ^ "Arda tops circuit". The Straits Times. Singapore. 20 April 1970. p. 21. Retrieved 19 February 2020 – via National Library Board.
  4. ^ "Most appearances in World Cup history". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  5. ^ "Arda wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 6 March 1967. p. 20.

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