MOORHEAD-- For one final time, Sheyenne senior Benett Persoon is soaking in every emotion heading into his final state golf tournament.
“This is the greatest time of the year. I think it’s just focusing up and knowing that it’s my last shot and I’ve got to give it my all,” said Persoon.
“He’s always handled things very well. He doesn’t get too lost in the moment, the stage never seems too big for him,” said Sheyenne Head Golf Coach Dan Wolf.
It started six years ago when Benett was in sixth grade.A friend of his suggested hitting the links one day.
“I was a big basketball player back in the day. We were just sitting at my house and he was like ‘lets’ go golfing’ and I was like ‘eh’, because I was a huge basketball guy and I was like ‘I don’t know about that’,” said Persoon.
Once Benett stepped on the tee box, it clicked.
Two years after first stepping onto the green, Persoon turned that spur of the moment round with his friend into a passion. Benett became a variety player for the Mustangs golf team as just an eighth grader.
“It was very intimidating especially with all of the seniors that we had that year, it was different,” said Persoon.
“As the season goes on with any golf season, you kind of look at who is shooting the best, who is putting up the best scores. Kind of by the middle of the season, Benett had kind of worked his way in and we gave him a chance and he handled it and we gave him another chance, and he just kind of stepped forward and made the spot his own,” said Wolf.
Those impressive scores at a young age wasn’t the only thing that made Benett stand out. He grew seven inches between his sophomore and junior seasons.
“Last year, it just kind of all took off. I used to be a little 5’5 kid and now I’m 6’3, so that was different to get used to. But I think it makes me hit the ball a little bit farther which is nice, but just getting used to the difference and then lengthening the clubs was different,” said Persoon.
Now Persoon is hoping to use that new found strength as he takes in his last prep round on the links.
“Top ten would be great, winning would be even better,” said Persoon.
Bennett will play golf collegiately at University of Mary. He will even be competing against his future roommate Gavin Argens from Minot at this week’s state tournament. Hawktree Golf Club, where the state tournament is played, will also be Benett’s future home course with the Marauders.
The Class A boy’s state golf tournament runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Bismarck.