Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men’s and women’s golf programs held their first-ever BMW Performance Driving School USC Upstate College Am fundraising golf tournament Monday at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club, and it was a rousing success.
Special thanks to BMW Performance Driving School for its sponsorship of the tournament, as well as other events conducted by USC Upstate Athletics. Additionally, the programs would like to thank Woodfin Ridge for all it does on a continual basis for the two programs and for hosting the tournament.
In all, 72 Upstate golf loyalists played in the tournament. The format called for three players to play with one member of either the men’s or women’s teams at Upstate. The teams played captain’s choice with a winner determined for the low gross and low net teams. The tournament also awarded prizes for the longest drive, three closest to the pins and one longest putt. Door prizes were also awarded. Current Upstate players were not allowed to receive any of the prizes.
Former Upstate all-time great Josh Gallman and teammates Kyle Mathis, Grant McGinnis and Stephen Wilkins won the low gross championship with a 20-under-par performance (52). Current Upstate standout Taylor White and teammates Charlie White, Jordan White and Mike Boncardi won the low net title with a 48.8 score.
Mathis won the prize for the longest drive, while Derek Hawkins won for the longest putt. Mike Hassell won the closest to the pin prize for the eighth hole, former women’s standout Amanda Hall won closest to the pin on No. 11 and Doug McGrath took home the prize for the closest to the pin on No. 15.
All proceeds from the tournament go directly into the men’s and women’s golf tournament to help support the current teams and their upcoming seasons in 2014-15.