Bennett takes state

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Madisonville and soon to be Texas A&M golfer Sam Bennett concluded his Mustang career with yet another state championship last week at Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay and a season in which he never shot over par.

“Sam was tremendous both days, shooting 70 and 72 under that kind of pressure was clutch,” said Madisonville golf coach Russell Smith. “As a team, I thought we were a little tight on the first day, but our seniors really stepped up their game from there.”

Bennett led down the entire stretch in Horseshoe Bay and finished with a total score of 142, four strokes lower than the second place finisher.

“I think this one was sweeter because I know how hard it is to win two state championships,” said Bennett. “I wanted this one really bad after I finished in second place my junior year. Something in the back of my head kept telling me I was going to win state, but I had been there before and knew not to get ahead of myself, especially on the back nine. I took it one shot at a time.”

Not only did Bennett win state in two out of his four chances, a feat that would satisfy most, but he can also boast four district and regional titles as well along the way.

“I would’ve liked to win state four years in a row,” said Bennett as he reflected on the end of his golfing career in Madisonville. “But I had a good career here and made some great memories with my teammates. They always support me and we encourage each other to do our best. Coach Smith pushes all of us to be better as well and he’s an all-around great guy.”

As a team, the Mustangs finished sixth overall in state behind Monahans, Argyle, Bullard, Texarkana Pleasant Grove and Andrews with a score of 684 throughout both days. Ben Phillips delivered a total score of 168 while Bryce Bennett shot 184. Brylen Mills contributed a score of 190 while Jordan Prescott shot a 97 during day two.

“This was our best overall showing as a team in four years,” said Smith. “Our seniors will be very hard to replace. Not only were they great golfers, but great leaders as well.”

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