Matthew Hopper
Matthew Hopper
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
High School: Gaffney HS
High School: Follows in the footsteps of former Gaffney High School standout Josh Gallman in coming to Upstate from the close-knit community just up Interstate 85 from Spartanburg... a standout on Gaffney's boys' golf team since the eighth grade... coming off a strong season as a junior last year... 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 three appearances in the 4A state tournament in the last four 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. Juniors: Has been 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... a business management major... favorite food is chicken... favorite movie is Rap... likes watching Burn Notice on TV... favorite actress is Jessica Alba... likes listening to Eminem... favorite season is spring... favorite book is The Bible... favorite sports figure is Tiger Woods... hero growing up was Tiger Woods... dream job is to be a professional golfer... hobbies include golf, ping pong and playing Call of Duty.