The kid took his old man’s advice.
It was as beautiful as it was moving.
Don’t wait to do something.
Sam Bennett didn’t.
Playing in his first Masters as the 23-year-old reigning U.S. Amateur champion — having captured that prestigious title last summer at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. — Bennett shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 and stands just three shots out of the first-round lead.
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This is what made the day truly magical: Sam’s late father, Mark Bennett, was surely watching the proceedings from high above the cathedral of Georgia pines.
Mark Bennett, after an eight-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s that took over his mind and body at age 45, finally succumbed in 2021. About a year before he died, in a quiet moment at the family’s home in…