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Bennett loved golf, historic Corydon

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

Late last summer, Floyd (Bud) Bennett told me he wanted to play nine holes of golf with me and his grandson, Doug Martin, at some point before the weather turned bad. At that time, Bennett could play nine holes without being too tired. He loved the game of golf and spent a great amount of time at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon and was also a member at the Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
Bennett was a mainstay at the Old Capital Invitational, a 36-hole amateur event played each June at the club, where he played the first round of the tournament in recent years with his son, Larry, grandson, Brent Martin, and long-time golf buddy Jack Miles.
Before the start of last year’s event, the 50th annual, Bennett made sure to let me know, in a friendly manner, that he was going to beat me that day. Amazingly, he nearly missed shooting his age and finished with a four-over par 76 (he was 75 years old), and, even though he was physically exhausted from his sickness, he beat me by a stroke.
The Old Cap just won’t be the same without Bennett, and the club should honor the long-time member by renaming the event ‘The Bud Bennett Invitational’ or ‘The Bud Bennett Old Capital Invitational.’
Bennett did manage to shoot his age on more than one occasion, first occurring at 73, at the Old Cap.
Early last year, Bennett asked his doctor to help him complete another golf season, which he did.
Hardly a benefit or fundraiser took place without a Bennett team participating, not only for the chance to play golf, but to help support a number of local agencies and organizations.
He certainly loved the game, but anyone who has lived in the Corydon area for a significant period of time also knows he cared deeply about Corydon, particularly the historic downtown area.
Bennett lived in the historic Cedar Glade home along North Capitol Avenue with his wife, Betty, and was the owner and president of Bennett & Bennett Insurance Inc. with its main office along Chestnut Street. He was a passionate supporter of anything he thought would revitalize or enhance the downtown Corydon area, including the proposed convention center/hotel on the old Keller Manufacturing site along Big Indian Creek.
Corydon is a better place because of him, no doubt.
I never did get to play those nine holes with Bennett, who died last Wednesday after a battle with cancer. But, I know if I did, he would have had the honor on the first tee.