Sam Bennett, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and three-time All-American at Texas A&M, has turned pro and joined PING’s global tour staff, company CEO & President John K. Solheim announced today. The 23-year-old Bennett, who makes his PGA Tour debut as a professional at this week’s Memorial Tournament, was previously under contract with PING through an NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) agreement.
“We’re excited to have Sam transition to our professional tour staff,” Solheim said. “His performance in winning last year’s U.S. Amateur received a lot of attention but it was his remarkable play at the Masters that skyrocketed his popularity and made him one of the biggest stories of that week. He’s an amazing talent who plays with a lot of confidence and passion, which should serve him well as he begins his professional career. We’re looking forward to having Sam represent the PING brand.”
A native of Madisonville, Texas, Bennett’s list of collegiate and amateur tournament success is lengthy, including being named SEC Golfer of the Year in 2022 and winning multiple times during his career at Texas A&M. At this year’s Masters he shot back-to-back 68s in the first two rounds, the lowest by an amateur since 1956, before finishing T16, which earned him low amateur honors for the week. As a result of his win at the U.S. Amateur, he’s exempt into next month’s U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
“I’ve been playing PING equipment since my junior golf days and my relationship with their team during that time has been a big reason for my success,” said Bennett, who finished 5th in the PGA Tour U standings to gain exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour through the end of the season. “Besides making great equipment, they provide amazing service, making sure to properly fit me and custom-build the best clubs for my game. I’m very confident in my equipment, which allows me to go out and focus on winning tournaments. I’m excited to begin my journey as a professional knowing PING will be with me every step of the way.”
Bennett is making his professional debut playing 14 PING clubs, including a G430 LST driver, G430 MAX 3-wood, G425 hybrid, i-Blade irons, Glide Forged Pro wedges and a PLD Oslo 4 putter.