Spartans Stay in Spartanburg for Coca-Cola Invitational
Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's golf team will return to the course Monday and Tuesday at the Coca-Cola Invitational, but the Spartans won't have to travel far to play in the tournament with the event being played at the Country Club of Spartanburg.
The 54-hole tournament will begin with 36 holes on Monday and conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday. The tournament is being hosted by Wofford at the Country Club of Spartanburg. The course plays at 6,648 yards and is a par-72 layout.
Upstate is one of 17 teams in the event, a field featuring a strong regional field. Joining the Spartans and host Wofford in the tournament is Appalachian State, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Davidson, ETSU, Elon, Gardner-Webb, High Point, James Madison, Longwood, Presbyterian College, Radford, Richmond, Samford and Stetson.
Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the lineup of Adam Goins, Tyler Comer, Matthew Hopper, Brad Sill and Brian Horton into action this week. The Spartans are averaging 297.1 per round this season with Adam Goins leading the way with a 73.6 stroke average. He has two top 10 finishes on the year and won the season-opening Rutgers Invitational in a playoff with teammate Tyler Comer. Horton ranks second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and joins Goins and Comer as the only Spartans to have played in every event this season. Comer is tied for fourth on the team with a 76.0 stroke average, one-tenth of a stroke ahead of Hopper at 75.9. Sill joins Comer with a 76.0 stroke average. Every player in the lineup has recorded a top 10 finish on the year. Hopper joins Goins in leading the team with two top 10 finishes, while Comer joins Goins and Hopper with a top five finish on the year.
Lineup Features All Winning Records
The five Spartans in the lineup for the Coca-Cola Invitational have all turned in solid performances this season. All five also boast winning percentages better than .500 for the year. Adam Goins leads the way, claiming a 493-120 record and an .804 winning percentage. Brian Horton is second with a .615 winning percentage, while Brad Sill is right behind in third place with a .612 percentage. Matthew Hopper owns a .538 winning percentage, while Tyler Comer owns a .509 percentage.
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 152nd by Golfstat and 149th 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.
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.
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.