Aggie Men’s Golf signs three prep standouts

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M men's golf head coach J.T. Higgins announced the signing of a trio of standout golfers – Sam Bennett, Peyton Callens and William Paysse – to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.

"In this class we are getting three young men who can come in and compete for a spot in the lineup from the jump,” Higgins said. “While we are incredibly high on their talent, it is their character and make up that have us really excited about this group. All three possess an outstanding positive attitude and disposition that make success inevitable. They work hard and are committed to becoming the best they can be and helping our team be the best it can be. When you get the right guys on board, anything is possible and I believe this group will leave their mark on Texas A&M.”

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Sam Bennett
5-10 • 140 lbs
Madisonville, Texas (Madisonville High School)

Quick Notes:
• Plays for coach Russell Smith at Madisonville High School
• Fourth Place at 2015 Texas Class-4A State Championship (2015 District & Regional Champion)
• Class 2016 Texas Class-4A State Champion
• Runner-up at 2017 Class-4A State Championship
• Runner-up at 2015 Texas State Junior Championship
• Runner-up at 2015 Valero Junior Texas Open
• Third place at 2015 Jordan Spieth Junior Championship
• Runner-up at 2017 Byron Nelson Junior Championship
• Has notched five Top-5 finishes in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Events
• All-around athlete who plays tennis, basketball and baseball as well as golf for MHS
• In basketball named first team All-District in basketball 2015-17 as well as Freshman of the Year in 2015
• In baseball, honored as 2017 Defensive MVP and Academic All-State
• In tennis, a 2016 District Champion as well as Doubles Champion

Higgins on Bennett:
"Sam is an excellent all-around athlete as well as an outstanding golfer. As a four-sport athlete at Madisonville High School, he has never played golf full time. We believe he is one of the top talents not just in Texas but in the U.S. and once he puts all his time and effort towards golf, the sky is limit to what he can accomplish in the sport. Sam is a shot-maker with great hands and short game. Sam has all the intangibles we are looking for in a good teammate and student at Texas A&M and we know he will make a positive impact on our squad."

Bennett on Signing with Texas A&M:
“The reasons I chose Texas A&M are the coaches, the tradition and it is the best school for me for golf and my education.”

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Peyton Callens
5-8 • 140 lbs
Langton, Ontario (Holy Trinity Catholic High School)

Quick Notes:
• Plays for Coach Mike Leonard at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Langton, Ontario
• 2016 & 2017 member of Canadian National Development Team (Top 5 junior players in the country)
- Has traveled to events in Argentina, Guatemala, USA and England as part of Team Canada
• 2016 Ontario Junior Boys Champion
• Runner-up at the 2016 AJGA Canadian Championship
• Third-place at 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Championship
• 2017 medalist at the 2017 AJGA New Era Junior Championship
• 17th place at 2017 South American Amateur Championship
• 27th place at 2017 Canadian Amateur Championship
• Eighth place at 2017 Canadian Junior Championship
• Also plays basketball and tennis in high school as well as working part time as a hockey referee

Higgins on Callens:
“Peyton comes to us as the top ranked junior golfer in Canada. He is cut from the same cloth as Chandler Phillips and Sam Bennett, a player who keeps it in play off the tee, has great imagination and shot making skills and an incredible short game. He is exceptional around the greens and knows how to score. Under the tutelage of one of Canada’s best golf instructors, Ralph Bauer, Peyton is already competing well at the amateur level and coupled with his international travel schedule, we know he can handle the rigors of college golf and will come in ready to make an immediate impact on our team. Peyton is an outstanding young man who will make a great addition to Aggie Golf.”

Callens on Signing with Texas A&M:
“Coming from Canada, I wanted to go somewhere warm to play golf and attend school. Texas A&M has a great heritage and history and I was really drawn to The Aggie Network – once an Aggie, always an Aggie!”

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William Paysee
5-8 • 170 lbs
Belton, Texas (Belton High School)

Quick Notes:
• Plays for Jimmy Hellums at Belton High School
• Swing Instructors are Brad Lardon and Bruce Smith
• Played in 2017 US Junior Amateur Championship and two Texas State Amateur Championships (2016 & 2017)
• 2017 medalist at Traditions Spring Invitational (8-under par)
• Fifth place at 2017 AJGA Hale Irwin Junior Championship
• 10th place at 2017 Byron Nelson Junior Championship
• Four Top-5 finishes on Texas Legends Junior Golf Tour

Higgins on Paysse:
“William is going to be an outstanding golfer for us. He is still raw in some ways but the potential is obvious. He has a terrific swing, powerful and fluid and works with two great instructors in Brad Lardon and Bruce Smith. He is an aggressive and fearless golfer who makes a lot of birdies. He comes from a long line of Aggies and just as importantly, we know we are getting a terrific young man who will fit in well with our team, work hard and compete from the day he steps on campus.”

Paysse on Signing with Texas A&M:
“I fell in love with Texas A&M and its tradition at a very young age. It’s always been my dream to play for the Aggies on one of the best teams in the nation.”