Upstate Looks for Success in Large Field at Kingsmill
Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's golf team is set to resume its spring season Sunday when it tees off in a large field at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate on the River Course at the Kingsmill Golf Club.
A Pete Dye designed course, the River Course plays at 6,831 yards and is a par-71 layout. It has been the host of PGA and LPGA events in the past and is the site of the 2012 LPGA Kingsmill Championship. The tournament is a 54-hole event with 18 holes played each day Sunday-Tuesday.
Upstate is one of 30 teams competing in the tournament. Joining the Spartans and host William & Mary is Appalachian State, Boston College, Bucknell, Delaware, Drake, Eastern Kentucky, Fairfield, Francis Marion, Georgetown, Hampton, High Point, IPFW, James Madison, Longwood, Loyola (Md.), Marquette, Missouri, Old Dominion, Radford, Saint Joseph's, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Peter's, UNC Greensboro, Washington & Lee, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wright State.
Upstate is the sixth-highest ranked team in the tournament in the latest Golfstat ranking. The Spartans are ranked 142nd. UNC Greensboro is the highest ranked team at No. 101 and is followed by Missouri (127), Eastern Kentucky (132), Georgetown (139), and Radford (141).
Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the lineup of Adam Goins, Brian Horton, Matthew Hopper, Tyler Comer and Daniel Revell into action this week. The team averages 296.6 per round. Goins tops the club with a 73.6 stroke average and has played in all seven events this season, including The Match Play at Reunion, a non-statistical counting tournament. Horton and Comer have also played in all seven events this year.
Revell Shines in Collegiate Debut
While Upstate did not claim its third-straight team and individual championship in the Caribbean, sophomore Daniel Revell certainly made a run for individual honors in the tournament. Playing as an individual in the Caribbean Intercollegiate, he was making his first collegiate tournament appearance. What did he do? He shot rounds of 71, 71 and 70 (212) to finish second by two strokes. To say that was a strong tournament debut is a vast understatement.
Winning Records Head-to-Head
Upstate has certainly turned in some strong performances this season and a number of Spartans can claim winning records head-to-head against the competition. Playing in six events, Adam Goins tops the team with a .782 winning percentage, claiming a 363-101 record. Brian Horton owns a .653 winning percentage, while Brad Sill comes in with a .612 mark. Matthew Hopper is fourth on the team with a .542 winning percentage. Daniel Revel, who has played in just one event as an individual, finished second in the Caribbean Intercollegiate and statistically tops the club with a .971 winning percentage having defeated 33 of 34 competitors he faced in the event in early March.
Spartans in the Rankings
After winning the Rutgers Invitational, finishing middle of the pack in their other three fall events and claiming second in The Match Play at Reunion, Upstate is ranked in the top half of the Division I golf teams in the country. Upstate is ranked 142nd by Golfstat and 147th by Golfweek in their latest rankings.
Strong Effort at The Match Play
Seeded fifth to start the tournament, Upstate improved three positions over its seeding to finish 2nd in a strong field at The Match Play at Reunion to start the spring season. After defeating Illinois State in the first round, the Spartans claimed back-to-back wins over top 60 South Florida before dropping a 4-2 contest to top 50 Notre Dame in the championship match.
Horton Earns First Career A-Sun Weekly Honor
After going 4-0, including three wins over players from nationally-ranked Notre Dame and South Florida, junior Brian Horton was named the A-Sun Golfer of the Week. It marked his first weekly honor from the league. He opened the tournament with a 4 & 3 victory over Illinois State's Jordan Fahel. He then took back-to-back wins over USF's Tommy Riehle, winning the first match 4 & 2 and the second 3 & 1. In the championship match against Notre Dame, he scored a 4 & 2 win over Tyler Wingo.