Chick-Fil-A Florence Athletic Hall Of Fame
Coach Dewey Grant Bennett
Coach Bennett came to Florence in 1951 as the golf professional at the Florence Country Club. Shortly after arriving in Florence he began a junior golf program and he volunteered to coach the golf & football teams at McClenaghan High School. He left Florence in 1964 and returned in 1966 to develop the Country Club of South Carolina and he also worked with the Francis Marion golf team. While in Florence his accomplishments include:
1) Nationally recognized junior golf program
2) 10 South Carolina High School State Championships between 1956 & 1969
3) 7 Southern High School Team Championships between 1957 & 1964
4) 7 Southern High School Individual Championships between 1957 & 1964
5) Golf teams won over 200 high school golf matches and only lost once between 1957 & 1969
6) Some of his very successful individual players were:
Buddy Baker, Billy Womack, Jack Lewis, Randy Glover, Kathy Hite, Cynthia Sullivan, Carolyn Cudone, Mike Holland, Tommy Randall, Gary Bennett, Sonny Phillips, Marion Fowler, Charles Warren, Jonathan Byrd, Russell Glover, Bill Lewis, David Bennett, Johnny Gregory, Mark Swygert
His Individual honors include:
1) 1956- Carolina’s PGA Pro of the Year
2) 1959- Pop Warner Service to Youth Award
3) 1960-1990- Member, USGA Junior Championship Committee
4) 1978- elected to South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame
5) 1980- elected to South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
6) 1990- elected to Carolina Sportswriter Hall of Fame
7) 1955- Hosted USGA Junior Girls Championship at FCC
8) 1963- Hosted USGA Junior Boys Championship at FCC
9) 1955- Asst. Football Coach with McClenaghan State Champion football team
10) Served on the staff of Golf Legend Ben Hogan
11) Carolina’s Golf Hall of Fame
12) 1952- Started the Florence Junior Boys Invitational that is still being played today.
13) Co-founder of Carolina’s Golf Course Superintendents Championship.
Coach Grant Bennett was nominated by Florence Businessman, John Orr.
“Florence has had many golfers whose accomplishments would not have been possible without Grant Bennett. He produced many champions, introduced many young people to a sport which they could enjoy for a lifetime and had a major influence on their lives. He truly deserves to be in the first class of the Chick-Fil-A Florence Athletic Hall of Fame”.
Coach Grant Bennett is deceased - 2005