Matthew Hopper
Matthew Hopper
Height: 6-4
Weight: 184
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Major: Business Management
Last School: Gaffney HS

2010-11: Was one of two Spartans to play in every tournament last season... Played in 12 events and 35 rounds... Led the team with three top 10 finishes... Topped the Spartans with two top five efforts... Ranked second on the team with a 74.3 stroke average and fourth with a .575 winning percentage... Had five top 20 finishes... Turned in his top fall performance after finishing third at the Davidson Invitational (Oct. 19)... Shot 2-under in the tournament, including a 69 in the second round... Finished 12th at the Stetson Invitational (Nov. 8) to close out the fall... Finished second to help the Spartans win the team championship at the Caribbean Classic (March 9)... Tied the single-round school record with a 66 in the opening round of the A-Sun Championships (April 12)... Went on to finish 10th in the tournament.

2009-10: Played in seven events as a freshman for the Spartans... Among a group of five Spartans within a 2.8 strokes of each other with a 78.0 stroke average... Played just one tournament in the fall... returned in the spring to play in all six events... Had a tremendous outing in the Wofford/Coco-Cola Invitational, finishing 11th with rounds of 74, 70 and 73... Posted his personal low round of 69 in the opening round of the Palmas Del Mar Classic, helping the Spartans claim the tournament championship.

High School: A standout on Gaffney's boys' golf team since the eighth grade for head coach Todd Coggins... Narrowly missed out on All-State honors as a senior... Claimed a top 20 finish in the 4A state tournament... Led Gaffney to a sixth-place finish... Had a strong season as a junior... The Region II-4A medalist after posting rounds of 69-67 in the Region II-4A tournament... Led Gaffney to a second-place finish in the 4A state tournament held at the Furman University Golf Course... Finished second in the tournament with a three-round, 3-over-par 219 total, four strokes back of first place... Earned 4A All-State and Region II-4A All-Region honors... Has been a member of the Indian golf team that has made four appearances in the 4A state tournament in the last five years... A member of the Gaffney team that finished sixth in the 2006 4A state tournament, teaming with Gallman to help lead the Indians... had several top finishes during the 2008 season... Finished fourth at the Hardaway High School Invitational in Columbus, Ga., with a 72-71=143 total... Finished fourth at the Hartman Memorial... Was seventh at the T.W. Memorial hosted by Dorman... Solid on the junior circuit... Finished tied for eighth at the 2008 SCJGA Fall Challenge at Cheraw Country Club after rounds of 74 and 72... Finished tied for 11th at the 2008 SCJGA Players Championship with a 76-74=150 total... Was third at the 2007 SCJGA Match Play Championships... Finished 10th at the 2007 The Blade Junior Championship... Was 15th at the 2007 SCJGA Junior Championships after posting rounds of 75, 76 and 68.

Personal: Born on June 27, 1991 in Gaffney, S.C... Son of Tony and Rachel Hopper... Has two brothers, Patrick and David... A business management major.

Hobbies & Favorites: Likes playing video games and ping pong... Likes to eat okra... Favorite movie is "Take Me Home Tonight"... Likes to watch "Friends" on TV... Favorite actor is Johnny Depp... Likes to listen to Eminem... Favorite season is spring... Jason Kidd is his favorite sports figure... Tiger Woods was his hero growing up... Admires his dad the most... Favorite quote is "Sucker pins are only sucker pins if you suck"... Dream job is to be a professional golfer.