Wife of veteran caddie Lance Bennett passes away
NORTON, Mass. – The PGA Tour family was reeling Wednesday at TPC Boston over the news that Angela Bennett, the wife of veteran caddie Lance Bennett, had died.
“Stunned. Just awful,” said Billy Spencer, who caddies for Bo Van Pelt. As Spencer hung out by the caddie’s trailer next to the range before this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, all he could think about was his colleague. Lance Bennett, who caddies for Matt Kuchar, was at TPC Boston on Tuesday when he got word that his wife had had a seizure. Bennett flew home to the Dallas area. Caddies and players got the news Wednesday morning that Angela Bennett had died.
The couple have a 4-year-old daughter, Emma Grace.
Ben Crane was hitting balls when he stopped, meandered over to his caddie, Joel Stock, and for several seconds stood in silence. “Awful, just awful,” Crane said. It took him a while to return to hitting balls, and it was done with a sense of tepidness.
Steve “Pepsi” Hale, who caddies for Keegan Bradley, was like many of his colleagues, at a loss to put emotions into words. But Hale was trying to organize an effort to pay respects to the memory of Angela Bennett by wearing black hats for Friday’s opening round, perhaps with orange ribbons, her favorite color.
Through Excel Sports, which manages Kuchar, Bennett issued a statement: “This is a very difficult time for our family, but we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the caddies, players and entire golf community.”
Caddies and players who crossed paths with Kuchar said the player told him that he had been in touch with Bennett and would be playing in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Reportedly, Brian Reed was going to carry the bag.
James Edmondson, who caddies for Ryan Palmer, was not onsite and reportedly returning to the Dallas area to comfort Bennett, one of Edmondson's closest friends. Jon Yarbrough, who caddies for Scott Stallings, left Boston and was headed back to Dallas, also to be with Bennett.
In another statement released through Excel, Kuchar said: “Sybi (his wife), the boys and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Lance and Emma Grace during this devastating time. Angela was a cherished friend, a wonderful wife and a loving mother who made a major impact on all who were lucky enough to know her, and she will be greatly missed.”