British Open winner Henrik Stenson is married to Emma Löfgren, who played golf at the University of South Carolina. Lofgren was a USC letter winner from 1996-2000 and in 40 career tournaments at USC, Lofgren maintained a stroke average of 78.3 and had four top-10 finishes.
The University of South Carolina won the first year of the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series, an annual points competition between the state’s flagship universities in head-to-head athletic events. Points were also awarded for highest team GPA and for a food drive tackling hunger in their communities.
South Carolina’s Julia Vincent Vincent, a junior from Guateng, South Africa, earned an Olympic qualifying score in the 3-meter spring board event at the FINA World Cup in February. She’s headed to compete in the Rio Olympics for South Africa.
South Carolina sophomore sprinter Aliyah Abrams is going to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by representing Guyana, a country she’s never stepped foot in. A native of Grayson, Ga., Abrams is eligible to earn a spot on the Guyana team because her parents were born there.
With the 2015-16 sports season completed, the South Carolina athletic department is focusing on several facility upgrades. The transformation of USC’s fields, stadiums and administration buildings over the past six years has been an ongoing process.
South Carolina’s men’s golf team ran into a “hot” opponent in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on Tuesday, but the 4-1 match-play loss to Illinois shouldn’t dim the Gamecocks’ achievements. Indeed, the South Carolina program has climbed from solid into one of the elite with realistic expectations of high-level success.
USC president Harris Pastides will finish his term as the board chairman of the NCAA in August. He sat down with The State to discuss topics ranging from his new head football coach Will Muschamp to the litigation facing the NCAA.