Mitch Turner becomes the first inductee affiliated with the men’s golf program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
Though he spent just two years as a member of the then-USC-Spartanburg men’s golf program, Turner had a significant impact on the Rifles’ men’s golf program. During the 1989-90 season, Turner helped the Rifles finish second among 13 teams at the 1990 USCS Invitational, helping the Rifles post a comprehensive score of 600 for the final tally of the two-day tournament. The addition of Turner from nearby Spartanburg Methodist College helped bolster the men’s golf team to consecutive second-place finishes in NAIA District Six.
In his first season alone, which was the 1988-89 campaign, Turner picked up two individual championships, winning at the Pacer Invitational and Persimmon Hill Invitational. For those efforts, along with helping the team to a second-place in District Six in his inaugural season, he picked up All-District Six honors to culminate his first season on the greens.
Individually, it was Turner who was the catalyst for the Rifles, as he finished second to Anderson’s Michael Christie, posting an opening round 72 and finished the USCS Invitational with a total individual score of 145 after his final round tally of 73.
Turner also helped the Rifles to a top-two finish in the 15-team Francis Marion College Invitational by helping the Rifles post a final cumulative team score of 614 in the two-day tournament. He was the top individual performer in the tournament. In total, Turner posted a final two-day score of 153, including an impressive 73 in final-round action.
During the spring of 1990, Turner picked up individual titles at the Persimmon Hill Invitational and the Pacer Invitational for the second-straight season. For his efforts in the 1989-90 campaign, Turner picked up his second All-District accolade.
Turner and wife Dani now reside in Greer, S.C., where he works as the Water Resource Manager at SWJD. Turner and his wife have a daughter named Olivia and a son named Grayson, and are anxiously awaiting the addition of another in late June.