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Texas A&M’s Bennett Topped 122nd U.S. Novice Champion

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Texas A&M Athletics Communications

Photograph: USGA/Grant Halverson

PARAMUS, New Jersey – Texas A&M males’s golfer Sam Bennett gained the 122nd U.S. Novice on Sunday after defeating Ben Carr, 1UP, at The Ridgewood Nation Membership.
Within the 36-hole championship spherical, Bennett held up a 3UP lead after the primary 18 holes and prolonged his result in 5 after profitable Nos. 2 and three. Carr rebounded and minimize the result in two after back-to-back victories on holes 5 and 6 earlier than profitable gap 10.

Bennett, who had head coach Brian Kortan as his caddie, parred the par-4 No. 12 to increase his lead again to a few. After Carr gained gap 14, the pair halved the subsequent two holes earlier than Carr minimize the result in one following a birdie on 17. On the ultimate gap, Bennett, who by no means trailed all through the day, clinched the match with a par.

“It means the whole lot. It is a dream come true,” Bennett stated. “It would not even really feel actual taking a look at all these folks on the 18th inexperienced at Ridgewood. It means quite a bit to carry that trophy. I am positive tonight I am going to take a peek in any respect the names, however I do know Tiger Woods’ identify is on that 3 times, and to place my identify beside him, I do know it is one thing fairly particular.
“I’ve the utmost respect for Ben Carr. I do know his household and his dad are tremendous proud. He would not go away. I obtained off to a sizzling begin after which after lunch, he began dropping in putts and chips from in every single place. It made me nervous. I obtained fairly tight when that began taking place. I believe Coach did a superb job as he was capable of calm me down with deep breaths and stick with what we have been doing all week, simply pounding fairways and hitting strong photographs on the greens. Fortunately I used to be capable of end it off with a superb iron shot on the final. I type of tugged it a bit, but it surely hung in there and I used to be capable of get it carried out.”
Bennett, the No. 3 ranked participant within the World Novice Golf Rankings, was examined all through the week in match play as he defeated No. 13 Nick Gabrelcik, No. 27 Fred Biondi, No. 10 David Puig, No. 9 Stewart Hagestad, No. 8 Dylan Menante and No. 70 Carr.

“You understand, I do know the street he is been down, and I do know a few of the issues he is gone by,” Kortan stated. “I imply, it has been — everyone has written about it. However to see the child mature and battle by these issues and type of come out the opposite finish and nonetheless be this child that enjoys doing this and enjoys being in school — he got here again for an additional 12 months as a result of he really enjoys it. It is fairly cool to see. Yeah, we’re nice pals. Would not cease me from — if he misses a exercise he will run a stadium. We have an excellent relationship, and I am very lucky for that. It was only a pleasure to look at.”
With the victory, Bennett will maintain the coveted Havemeyer Trophy for a 12 months and earns an exemption into the 2023 Masters, The Open and U.S. Open.

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