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Jan. 14, 2005

COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina men’s golf coach Puggy Blackmon was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame class of 2004 Wed., Jan. 14 in New Orleans, La. Also honored were Mark Simpson (University of Colorado), Norm Sundstrom (Allegheny College) and Eddie Twiggs (Stanford University).

Blackmon began his coaching career in 1983 at Georgia Tech and came to South Carolina in 1995. His teams have made 20 consecutive postseason appearances, advanced to the NCAA Championships 17 times and finished in the top 10 six times under his direction. While at Georgia Tech, Blackmon won five ACC Championships and the NCAA East Regional in 1991. He was named ACC Coach of the Year four times and Region Coach of the Year in 1991.

Blackmon’s golfers have received PING All-America honors 30 times and he has coached nine Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, 17 All-ACC selections, 13 All-SEC team members, three ACC Players of the Year and one SEC Champion. Two of his players received the Jack Nicklaus Award, given to the college player of the year. Some of his former golfers who have played on the PGA Tour include David Duval, Stewart Cink and former Gamecocks David Seawell and Kyle Thompson.