April 24, 2003
Columbia, S.C. – The University of South Carolina men’s golf team announced its 2003 signees today: David Kite, James Morrison and Robert Svensson.
Kite, the son of the 1992 U. S. Open Champion and winner of numerous PGA Tour events, Tom Kite, was a member of the state championship golf team that finished third in 2002 and first in 2001. The Westlake High School student is a member of the NJHS Society. Kite, who currently resides in Austin, Texas , is a two-time district champion. He was a two-time contestant at the Western Junior, while finishing 15th at the 2002 Hudson Junior.
Morrison, who hails from the United Kingdom, has played in a multitude of international tournaments, including the Stoke Park Junior Open, St. Georges Hill Golf Club Senior Championships and the West Hill Junior Open. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious 2002 British Boys Amateur. In 2001 Morrison set a club course record at the Chobham Junior Open. Besides playing golf, Morrison is an avid cricket player who has set numerous school records. He is a recipient of the Reeds School All Round Sportman of the Year award. He has been training with the English National Boys Squad.
Transferring to South Carolina after a one-year stint at UAB, Svensson has continued to improve as the spring season has progressed. Recently, Svensson led his team at the Gator Invitational, as well as the Duke tournament last fall. The Sweden native graduated from the Swedish Golf School Klippan/Perstorp and earned the Swedish Athletic Shield, an awarded that is given to the best athletes in Sweden. In 2001, Svensson was first on the Swedish Ranking up to 21 years of age. He set a course record at the 2001 European Championship after firing 65. Svensson also competed in the International Amateur where he finished sixth in 2002 and eighth in 2001.
“We are very excited with the addition of David, James and Robert for the 2003-04 season,” commented South Carolina Head Coach Puggy Blackmon. “They should provide the depth needed for our current, young squad to contend for both the SEC and NCAA Championships.”