Bennett Represents Aggies at Arnold Palmer Cup

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 - Sam Bennett during Texas A&M Aggie Men’s Golf Photo...
COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 - Sam Bennett during Texas A&M Aggie Men’s Golf Photo Day in College Station, TX. Photo By Bailey Orr/Texas A&M Athletics(Bailey Orr | Bailey Orr)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:01 PM CDT
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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett is set to tee off at the Arnold Palmer Cup on Friday at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course, representing Team USA and the Aggies.

“It’s an honor to represent the United States against some of the best college golfers in the nation,” Bennett said. “It’s been a great experience getting to meet all the other golfers. Playing in a tournament named for Arnold Palmer is a dream come true for me.”

Bennett tees off at 9 a.m. CT alongside United States teammate Erica Shepard of Duke in a mixed four-ball match against Hugo Townsend (Boise State) and Beatrice Wallin (Florida State) of the International team. In the four-ball format, the team whose player posts the best score on that hole wins the hole.

The 25th playing of the Arnold Palmer Cup is Ryder-Cup style, with the first round featuring a mixed four-ball format. The second day begins with foursome matches, while the afternoon has mixed foursome matches on the docket. The final round on Sunday concludes with single matches.

Bennett is the fifth Aggie to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup, and just the second to represent the United States. Previously Chandler Phillips (‘17, ’18, ’19), Maddie Szeryk (’18), Ignacio Elvira (‘11) and Andrea Pavan (’09 & ’10) all represented A&M.

Bennett, who entered 2020-21 without a collegiate victory, won a trio of tournament crowns as a junior with first-place finishes at the Cabo Collegiate, the Old Waverly Intercollegiate and the Aggie Invitational. Bennett’s win at the Cabo Collegiate came with a PGA Tour exemption to the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Bennett’s three victories were the third-most in a season by an Aggie in school history.   In 10 tournaments, Bennett posted five top-5 finishes and led the Aggies with a 70.53 scoring average, which was second-lowest in school history. He now owns two of the top-three scoring averages in school annals. He was also undefeated in match play during the Aggies’ run to the SEC Championship semifinals. Bennett, from Madisonville, Texas, earned Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week honors twice and he was the National Golfer of the Month for March by the Ben Hogan Award. Additionally, Bennett was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer, and he was a First-Team All-SEC selection.

“It’s a well deserved selection for Sammy to play in the Palmer Cup,” Texas A&M men’s golf head coach Brian Kortan said. “He’s definitely earned it after a first-team All-American year with three wins. Competing with some of the best college golfers is an exclamation point on a great year. I’m excited to be there to watch him play.”

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About Rich Harvest Farms

Beginning with a single hole and an idea over 30 years ago, Rich Harvest Farms has evolved into one of the most exclusive clubs in the country. The lush grounds and course were designed and constructed by Jerry Rich out of what were once corn and grazing fields, making it one of the few golf courses in Golf Digest America’s Top 100 that are owner designed. Jerry drew his influence from Augusta National, Dick Wilson’s Pine Tree, as well as close friends Bob Murphy and Sam Snead. Upon the course’s completion in 1998, Rich Harvest Farms was rated the 5th Best New Private Golf Course by Golf Digest in 1997. Three years later, it made Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, where it remains to this day. With an extremely limited membership, award-winning accommodations, and one of the greatest golf courses in country, Rich Harvest Farms has received critical acclaim from every major golf publication in the country.