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Dec. 4, 2007

COLUMBIA – South Carolina men’s golf capped its fall season with a good-natured intra-squad competition last week, which the Garnet team, captained by senior Warren Thomas, claimed by dominating the bowling finale on Sunday. The largely golf oriented competition against senior Mark Anderson’s Black team spanned the last two months and culminated in the one-sided bowling showdown.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Thomas said. “This means so much to me and my teammates. I felt all along that we could dominate the bowling event. The golf matches were tough, but Mark silvers is an ace when you get him on the lanes.”

The golf matches consisted of four-club match play, scramble, best ball, alternate shot and singles. An intense night of bowling capped off an exciting and hotly contested match. Team captains Anderson and Thomas organized each showdown.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Anderson said. “We played well at times, but I place all of the blame on my teammates. We just didn’t show up to win tonight, and some of them need to spend a lot more time practicing their bowling. We were out-classed in every phase of the game.”

Head coach Bill McDonald attended the final bowling event, and shared his thoughts on the decisive match. “I have no idea what these guys do in their spare time,” he said. “Most of them, apparently, bowl. I would rather they spend more time rug putting.”

The Gamecocks will return to the golf course for their spring season on Feb. 17 at the John Hayt Invitational at Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.