Senior Sam Bennett closes her WF golf career in fine fashion


Gus Holub

Bennett, seen here in the last regular season match, finished two strokes off the lead in the N.C. State Championship match Oct. 26-27.

Connor Cochrane, co-sports editor

Senior Sam Bennett took 2nd place overall in the N.C. Girl’s Golf State Meet Oct. 26-27 at Pinehurst #6.

Bennett shot a 78 on Monday and was tied for fourth at the end of Monday’s round.

She led for most of Tuesday, and entered the clubhouse after her round of 74 in the lead.

“I felt like I played a solid and a good round. I just did not finish as I wanted to. My last four holes were really bad,” Bennett said. “I had a feeling that Jennifer Chang would come in with par or better.”

Chang, a sophomore from Athens Drive, finished two strokes ahead of Bennett. Chang defended her title from last year, securing her second straight championship.

Bennett’s coach, Kevin Lynch, was happily stunned by Bennett’s performance.

“It’s awesome. I don’t know how to put it in words. As far as I know, it is the best finish of a WF golfer at states,” Lynch said.

Bennett reflected on the end of her high school career and her accomplishment as State Runner-Up.

“I’m not disappointed because I came out with second place, but I would have liked to win my senior year.”

Editor’s note:

We will feature more coverage of Bennett’s WF career and state championship play in the upcoming print edition of the Forest Fire.