Golfer above par for Aggies

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Freshman Sam Bennett had an impressive fall golf season for Texas A&M University.

The Madisonville High School graduate finished third on the squad with a 72.56 scoring average.

"He's been terrific," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "He's a shot maker. We love the way he hits."

Bennett's highest finish was fourth at the Shoal Creek Invitational, his first tournament. He led the Aggies with a 214 (72-66-76). His 66 was the squad's low for the fall.

He was second among the Aggies in his next tournament. He was the team's leader in his third event, when he tied for 21st by shooting 216 (69-75-72) in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

The adjustment to college golf hasn't been tough, Bennett said, though he called the greens fast and the pin placements "way tougher."

"I know how to play safe and center of the green," he said. "We take conservative lines but stay aggressive to the targets."

Higgins said all parts of Bennett's game have been strong. "He actually has been a pleasant surprise with his length (off the tee)," the coach said. "His short game and wedge game are so fantastic."

More men's golf

Normangee High product Logan Young was second among University of Houston's scorers at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The junior shot 225 (78-71-76) to tie for 44th.

Men's rodeo

Madisonville alumnus Colby Lovell and Lightning Aguilera tied for fifth in team roping at a Waller County event.

Men's soccer

Blinn College freshman midfielder Luis Aceves played in 10 of 17 games. He competed for the Mustangs.

Women's basketball

North Zulch resident Breeanna Brackney is a freshman guard for Lincoln Christian University (Ill.).

Women's rodeo

Sonora Schueneman of Texas A & M won the goat tying at a McNeese State event. The sophomore is out of North Zulch High.

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

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