February 11, 1985 |
Lake Forest, Illinois
|Residence||San Luis Obispo, California|
|College team||Colorado State (Pueblo)|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||1st Doubles (2010)|
|National finals||1st Doubles (2007, 2010, 2012)|
Ben Croft (born February 11, 1985) is an American racquetball player. Croft's a former racquetball World Champion, winning men's doubles in 2010 with Mitch Williams. His personal best ranking on the International Racquetball Tour was 3rd at the end of the 2010-11 season. Croft has been in the top 10 every IRT season since he turned pro in 2007. He often dives to keep the ball in play, earning his nickname "Racquetball's Crash Test Dummy".
Croft won the International Racquetball Tour's (IRT's) 2012 Salt Lake City Pro-Am, defeating Alvaro Beltran in the semi-finals and Rocky Carson in the final. He made his first IRT final at the Mexico Open, which was the last tournament of the 2009-10 season, and was also in the final of 2013 Florida Spring Break tournament and 2013 Tournament of Champions, losing both finals to Kane Waselenchuk.
He has played on Team USA thrice. Croft won two gold medals at the 2010 World Championships, one in men's doubles with Mitch Williams and the other in the men's team competition. Croft and Williams also won gold at the 2009 Pan American Racquetball Championships.
Most recently, Croft played Men's Doubles with Tom Fuhrmann at the 2014 World Championships in Burlington, Ontario, where they lost to the Canadian team of Vincent Gagnon and Mike Green in the semi-finals, thus earning bronze medals.
As a junior player, Croft won the World Junior Racquetball Championship in Boy 18 and under twice: in 2003 and 2004. He was the 4th player to win that category twice, and the previous three - Rocky Carson, Jack Huczek and Sudsy Monchik - went on and became #1 on the IRT.
Croft has won three US National Doubles titles: two with Williams, in 2007 and 2010, and most recently with Rocky Carson in 2012.
He also holds the record for total Intercollegiate Titles with seven including three singles and four doubles titles from 2004-2007.
- http://www.bossconsulting.com/irt/ IRT Historical Data Archive