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June 6, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior Mark Anderson earned a spot on the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-America honorable mention list, the organization announced today. With the honor, Anderson closes his Gamecock career in much the way he opened it, having captured all-conference, all-region and All-America honors as a freshman as well.

“I’m extremely proud of the great year Mark put together,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “He had a very consistent year, and I’m glad he’s being rewarded for that hard work. He was a great leader for our team on the course and in the classroom. We are going to miss him next season.”

Anderson collected seven top-20 showings this season, including six this spring, and finished in the top 25 in nine of his 10 tournaments. He cracked the top 10 for the first time this season with a ninth-place showing at the John Hayt Invitational to open spring play and finished a season-best sixth at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational heading into the SEC Championship. In his final conference event, Anderson rallied back from a first-round setback to take 15th place. Anderson finished the season with a career-best 72.00 average to rank sixth in the SEC. He closed his four-year career with a 73.72 stroke average.

GCAA PING All-America First Team
Jonas Blixt, Florida State
Jorge Campillo, Indiana
Kevin Chappell, UCLA
Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State
Rory Hie, Southern California
Sihwan Kim, Stanford
Jamie Lovemark, Southern California
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest
Joel Sjohom, Georgia State
Michael Thompson, Alabama

GCAA PING All-America Second Team
Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech
Russell Henley, Georgia
Jonahan Hodge, Chattanooga
Billy Horschel, Florida
Troy Merritt, Boise State
Adam Mitchell, Georgia
Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee State
Ryan Spears, Wichita State
Zack Sucher, UAB
Hudson Swofford, Georgia

GCAA PING All-America Third Team
Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte
Harris English, Georgia
Derek Fathauer, Louisville
Erik Flores, UCLA
Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State
Rob Grube, Stanford
Charlie Holland, Texas
Henrik Norlander, Augusta State
Kevin O’Connell, North Carolina
Jurrian van der Vaart, Virginia Tech

GCAA PING All-America Honorable Mention
James Allenby, Oregon State
Mark Anderson, South Carolina
Chris Baker, Iowa State
Joey Benedetti, Oregon
Ryan Brehm, Michigan State
Matt Cook, Western Carolina
Ignacio Elvira, Texas A&M
Kevin Foley, Penn State
Matthew Giles, Southern California
Tom Glissmeyer, Southern California
Matt Hill, N.C. State
Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State
Andrew Landry, Arkansas
Trent Leon, Oklahoma State
David Markle, Kent State
Michael McRae, St. Mary’s (Calif.)
Jason Millard, Middle Tennessee
Jay Moseley, Auburn
Corey Nagy, Charlotte
David Palm, San Diego State
Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine
Adam Rainaud, Louisville
Tim Sluiter, Southern California
Kyle Stanley, Clemson
Matthew Swan, Alabama
Nick Taylor, Washington
Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State
Mike Van Sickle, Marquette
Manuel Villegas, Florida
Trent Whitekiller, Oklahoma State