Warian Gets All-American Status

June 7, 2024 | 1 min.
By Michael R Fermoyle

Ben Warian capped off the 2023-24 college season by nearly winning the NCAA Stanford Regional and then making the cut and fiinishing 25th at the NCAA Championships, out of a 156 -player field. So it came as no surprise this week when he was awarded Ping Division I All-American Honorable Mention.

The senior from Stillwater, by way of Hill-Murray High School, played in 12 stroke-play events during the season. He finished in the top 20 11 times, including a first-place finish at the High Meadows Intercollegiate, where he set Gopher team records for lowest 36-hole score (128) and 54-hole score (198). Warian averaged exactly 70.0 strokes per round as a senior and led the team in rounds under par (8), score to par (-15) and lowest round (63). 

Max Herendeen, the No. 1 player for Illinois, was the only player to beat Warian in the regional. Herendeen put together a 54-hole total of 197 at the Stanford University Course. Warian finished two behind at 199. 

Warian is the first Gopher to be named an All-American since Angus Flanagan in 2020. 

Last summer, Warian tied for third in the Minnesota State Amateur, but he is expected to turn professional in the next few weeks. 


Michael R Fermoyle

Mike Fermoyle’s amateur golf career features state titles in five different decades, beginning with the State Public Links (1969), three State Amateurs (1970, 1973 and 1980), and four State Four-Ball championships (1972, 1985, 1993 and 2001). Fermoyle was medalist at the Pine to Palm in 1971, won the Resorters in 1972, made the cut at the State Amateur 18 consecutive years (1969 to 1986), the last being 2000, and amassed 13 top-ten finishes. Fermoyle also made it to the semi-final matches at the MGA’s annual match play championship, the Players’, in 1982 and 1987.

Fermoyle enjoyed a career as a sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch before retiring in 2006. Two years later he began a second career covering the golf beat exclusively for the MGA and its website, mngolf.org, where he ranks individual prep golfers and teams, provides coverage on local amateur and professional tournaments and keeps tabs on how Minnesotans are faring on the various professional tours.

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