An unparalleled golf experience for high school guys

The Ben Crane Challenge started in 2019 as a result of the 10 year old junior event, the Webb Simpson Challenge. Founder, Mark Bentley, loved the game of golf and wanted to use this game that he felt God had given Him to point others to Jesus Christ. Through prayer, Mark and some friends approached an acquaintance who just joined the PGA Tour about having a golf tournament for high school boys as well as a way to tell them about who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for them.

This acquaintance was Webb Simpson who little did Mark know had been praying about the same thing. God had brought the two together to create the Webb Simpson Challenge in 2009. Webb went on to win the 2012 U.S. Open which put the Webb Simpson Challenge on the map. 10 years later, the Webb Simpson Challenge has had over 700 junior high school guys attend with a large amount leaving changed forever. What makes this event so special is the high quality golf tournament that juniors need as they develop their game as well as a fun and relaxing enviroment where they can learn from those that have gone before them while also making new friendships. Rarely do junior golfers get the raw and intimate access to high level PGA Tour and college golfers for 3 days like they do at these Challenge events.

In 2017, PGA Tour golfer, Ben Crane, learned about the Webb Simpson Challenge from his good friend, Webb Simpson. Ben saw how impactful it was for junior golfers, both in their game and in their faith. He decided that this event aligned perfectly with his mission of glorifying God through the game of golf and then called Mark to get it started. Through prayer and planning, the whole team is excited for the first ever Ben Crane Challenge happening on June 30th to July 2nd, 2019 in Nashville, TN.


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WHEN: June 30th-July 2nd, 2019

WHERE: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN

WHO: High School guys (going into 9th grade - just graduated high school)

WHAT: The Ben Crane Challenge is a competitive golf tournament, a first class conference, with priceless PGA Tour Interactions, at an Iconic Venue.

  • Competitive Golf Tournament: The event is a 2 round stroke play event with shotgun starts on the morning of July 1st and July 2nd. All scores will be sent to various junior golf rankings. Spectators are allowed during the golf portion of the event. The course for the tournament is the Gaylord Springs Golf Course which is considered one of Tennessee’s top public courses.

  • First Class Conference: When the guys are off the golf course they can expect to make new relationships, learn from first class speakers, and have a lot of fun.

  • Priceless PGA Tour Interactions: Ben Crane will be hanging out with the guys for the majority of the event. This is a unique opportunity for junior golfers to get to personally know a PGA Tour winner and ask him for tips and stories from the Tour.

  • Iconic Venue: The Gaylord Opryland Resort is considered one of the most iconic resorts in the U.S. Playing host to many great events and celebrities, it is a first class venue the guys will truly enjoy. Also - the new state of the art Water Park will provide a refreshing afternoon for the guys after their first round.

HOW: Register at the link below. The registration fee includes:

  • 2 night stay at the iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort

  • 1 full day at the state of the art Gaylord Opryland Resort Water Park

  • 2 rounds of golf at The Gaylord Springs, Nashville’s top rated public course

  • GREAT teaching from various speakers and college golfers

  • Q&A with PGA Tour golfer - Ben Crane who will be around the entire event to connect with the guys

  • Private concert

  • Awesome golf swag

  • The Tournament entry fee and access to the practice facilities before each round

  • and more!