|Nickname||Bantam Ben, Toy Tiger|
|Born||13 June 1929|
Cebu, Philippine Islands
|Died||20 December 2006(aged 77)|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former tour(s)||Asian Tour|
Japan Golf Tour
Asia Golf Circuit
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||4|
|Asian Tour||9 (Asia Golf Circuit)|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1962|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1972|
|Achievements and awards|
Arda, known as Bantam Ben and the Toy Tiger 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. He won nine tournaments on the Asia Golf Circuit, including the Philippine Open three times, and headed the points list in 1970. He also won four times on the Japan Golf Tour and played in the World Cup 16 times, 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
- 1963 Philippine Open
- 1967 Singapore Open
- 1970 Malaysian Open
- 1973 Singapore Open
- 1974 Indonesia Open
- 1976 Thailand Open, Sobu International Open (also a Japan Golf Tour event)
- 1977 Dunlop International Open (also a Japan Golf Tour event)
- 1979 Philippine Open
This list may be incomplete
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT|
This list is incomplete
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- 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.
- "Arda tops circuit". The Straits Times. Singapore. 20 April 1970. p. 21. Retrieved 19 February 2020 – via National Library Board.
- "Most appearances in World Cup history". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- "Arda wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 6 March 1967. p. 20.