Bennett earns honorable mention

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 6/23/20

Sam Bennett earned a prestigious honor for his Texas A&M University golf play.

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Bennett earns honorable mention

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Sam Bennett earned a prestigious honor for his Texas A&M University golf play.

The Golf Coaches Association of America cited the Madisonville High School graduate as a Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection. The sophomore was among three Aggies recognized.

"Of course, the goal was first team," he said. "For being a sophomore, getting the All-America honor is pretty big."

In addition, Bennett was named to the all-Southeastern Conference second team. He led the team with a 71.17 scoring average, seventh in Texas A & M records for men's scoring average in a season. He finished with four top-20 finishes in the six tournaments he played.

His best finish was a tie for third in the John Burns Intercollegiate during February, when he led the team by shooting 210 (69-72-69). He tied for fifth in the final tournament before the spring season shutdown, finishing one spot behind team leader Dan Erickson.

Bennett played well coming back from a fall injury that required surgery in November. Playing in an intramural football game, he said, he dove for a pass from the quarterback and broke his collarbone when he landed. "I was pretty disappointed missing the final two (fall) tournaments," he said.

He underwent physical therapy, then made a minor swing adjustment once he resumed practice because he was still trying to regain strength. When he returned to full strength, his swing was back to the way it was before surgery.

He said "staying patient and playing aggressive when you can" helped elevate his game this year.

Since the spring season was shut down, he has been playing daily. He is registered to compete a second consecutive year in the Southern Amateur Championship, which is July 15-18 in Carrollton. He also plans to compete in the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur.

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Madisonville alumnus Colby Lovell paired with Paul Eaves to tie for 10th in team roping at an event in Coleman. They earned $72, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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