Thursday, July 21, 2005
Midland Trinity grad Bennett shoots par to win Palmer area championship
MIDLAND -- Brent Bennett called it a day where he had to grind it out. Bennett, though, worked his way through his troubles to shoot an even-par 72 and win the Ryan Palmer Foundation West Texas Area Championship in the boys 16-18 division by one stroke on Wednesday at Hogan Park Golf Course.
"I struggled to hit the ball today," said Bennett, who was a part of back-to-back TCAL and TAPPS state golf championships at Midland Trinity. "I had one birdie and a whole bunch of pars. It was just one of those days where you have to eke out pars."
Bennett, who will walk on at the University of Tulsa this fall after graduating from Trinity this spring, shot a 2-under 70 for a two-round total of 142, which was good enough to hold off Craig Feuer. Feuer made a second-day charge after shooting a 76 on Tuesday to card a five-under par 67. He finished at 143, one stroke behind Bennett.
The two-day event was to help determine qualifiers for the upcoming Westcott Tour Championship, scheduled for July 28-29 at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie. Bennett, third-place finisher Ethan Summers and fourth-place Dylan Dockery all qualified for the Tour Championship in the boys 16-18 division. Feuer had qualified earlier for the championship.
Bennett said Wednesday he was not planning on playing in many Westcott Tour events this summer, but said a friend talked him into playing an event at Midland Country Club earlier this summer.
He shot a 67 in that one, and also wanted to come back to play in the West Texas Area Championship because it would be the last time he would play in the event before he went to college. Bennett said he won the event when he was 9-years old.
"I played for a little bit of nostalgia," said Bennett, who was second to Brian Scherer in the Texas-Oklahoma tournament a few weeks ago in Wichita Falls.