Gamecocks Return to Course Monday in Myrtle Beach
Carolina making its fourth all-time appearance at the General Hackler Championship
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — South Carolina returns to competition on Monday at the 2020 General Hackler Championship. Teams will play 36 holes tomorrow with the final 18 holes taking place on Tuesday at Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
“We always enjoy competing in the Hackler,” said head coach Bill McDonald. “The Dunes Club is one of my favorite courses in the Myrtle Beach area, and it’s in great shape. Our guys have had a couple of weeks to prepare and make adjustments since Houston, and I’m looking for more energy and a sharper competitive focus this week.”
It’s the same five-man lineup as the All-American Intercollegiate (Feb. 16-18) for the Gamecocks with the order shuffled slightly featuring sophomore Ryan Hall, senior Jamie Wilson, senior Caleb Proveaux, junior Andrew Spiegler and sophomore Harry Corbin. Junior Jack Parrott will be competing this week as an individual for Carolina in his spring debut.
The Gamecocks are making their fourth appearance at the General Hackler Championship and first since the spring of 2018. Carolina won the tournament in its first ever appearance in 2016, shooting 841. Three-time All-American and current PGA TOUR standout Matt NeSmith took home medalist honors to pace the Gamecocks.
South Carolina is paired with host Coastal Carolina and Wisconsin for the first two rounds on Monday. Corbin will lead things off for the Gamecocks on the back side of the course at 7:40 a.m. ET on hole 10. Live scoring will be available throughout the day via Golfstat.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The Dunes Club is the premier private country club and golf club in Myrtle Beach. A member-owned club with 750 members, its located oceanfront along the pristine shores of the Grand Strand. The Club is filled with rich history and fond memories and after more than 65 years, continues to provide its members and guests with exceptional service and a family friendly atmosphere.
The only golf course in Myrtle Beach with ocean views and a timeless design by famed architect, Robert Trent Jones, the Dunes stands as a “Top 100 Golf Course” in virtually every major magazine ranking. The club has played host to numerous PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA, amateur, national, and state events.
It’s a solid field this week in Myrtle Beach with half the teams ranked in the top-50 of the latest Golfstat Team Rankings. No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 14 Louisville and No. 25 East Tennessee State are all in the top-25. Carolina is slotted No. 39 with an opportunity to move up with a solid showing this week.
Gamecock head coach Bill McDonald is the winningest coach by tournament victories in school history with 24 wins. The team’s three wins in the spring of the 2018-19 season marked the fourth time the Gamecocks have won three or more times in the same season under his direction (2012-13, 2014-2015, 2015-16, 2018-19). McDonald broke the previous record of nine wins held by Puggy Blackmon (1995-2007) with Carolina’s victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in September 2014. His squad captured a school-record five wins during the 2014-15
season. Carolina is still seeking its first win in the 2019-20 campaign.
The Gamecocks get right back to competing next week at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational (March 16-17). It’ll be a loaded field per usual at Floridian National Golf Club.
2020 General Hackler Championship Field
1. Coastal Carolina
2. East Carolina
3. No. 25 East Tennessee State
4. No. 34 Kansas
5. Kent State
6. No. 35 Liberty
7. No. 14 Louisville
8. No. 46 North Florida
9. No. 26 North Carolina
10. NC State
11. Penn State
13. No. 39 South Carolina
15. No. 7 Wake Forest
2020 General Hackler Championship Gamecock Lineup
1. Ryan Hall
2. Jamie Wilson
3. Caleb Proveaux
4. Andrew Spiegler
5. Harry Corbin
IND. Jack Parrott