About a year ago, former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover wrapped up a frustrating 2008 by making what became a career-changing decision.
The Greenville native decided to take a break from golf - a six-week vacation during which, he said, he never touched a club - with a goal of coming back fresh in 2009.
Everyone knows how that turned out: Glover won the U.S. Open, played on the U.S. Presidents Cup team and, this past week, capped his best year as a professional by winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, shooting 11-under-par for 36 holes to blow away fellow majors winners Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang and earning $600,000 on top of a $3 million-plus season.
So what's next for Glover? Need you ask?
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"I'm off for about six weeks," he said after the Grand Slam in Bermuda. "My next event will be the first week of December. ... I've had a couple (of) weeks off here and there, but I've been pretty busy.
"I'm going to zip up the Club Glove (storage bag) and leave (his clubs) there for a few weeks."
The 2010 PGA Tour should take note.
Martin on elite team. Clemson senior Ben Martin, runner-up in the recent U.S. Amateur, will join three other players on the U.S. team in the Spirit International Amateur Championship, Nov. 4-7 at Whispering Pines Golf Club near Houston.
The team - which includes 14-year-old Alexis Thompson, the U.S. Junior Girls champ; Jennifer Johnson, runner-up in the U.S. Women's Amateur; and Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Junior winner - will be captained by LPGA star Paula Creamer.
Greenwood native Martin, 21, played in this summer's U.S. Open, earned All-ACC honors and was an Academic All-American in addition to his U.S. Am finish.
Tigers, Gamecocks tee off. USC and Clemson are among 15 teams in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, which begins today in Windermere, Fla.
The 54-hole event is played at Isleworth Golf & Country Club, home course for a number of PGA and LPGA stars, including Tiger Woods.
Also in the field are top-ranked Oklahoma State and top-10 squads Arizona State, Illinois, Washington, TCU, Stanford and Florida. Georgia is the defending champion and has won four of the past five years.
Chip shots. Columbia's Thomas Bradshaw and Collins Bradshaw scored a brother-sister sweep of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Fall Championship at Aiken's Woodside Plantation (Cupp course). Thomas shot 70-73-143 to win the boys division by a shot over Simpsonville's Joshua O'Neal, while Collins won the girls title, shooting 73-72-145 with five birdies. ... Columbia's Bob Stringer birdied the first hole of sudden death to beat Charleston's Tommy Ford in the S.C. Golf Association's Harry Wilson Super Senior Championship at Dunes West GC in Mount Pleasant. Stringer shot 2-under 70 in regulation in the rain-shortened event. ... The renovated Orangeburg CC will officially reopen at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with architect Richard Mandell on hand to tour the 7,000-yard Ellis Maples design. The official first shot will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday by long-time women's champion and club member Jane Covington. ... The Golf Center on Tat Road (off Hardscrabble Road) will stage a Golfathon to raise funds for the Family Golf Foundation on Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To participate, call Tom Gawinski at (803) 708-1092. ... Aiken-area private courses Houndslake GC, Woodside Plantation and Mount Vintage Plantation will offer access and reduced-cost rounds to the public Nov. 2-15 to support the Aiken Alliance for Junior Golf and the S.C. Junior Golf Foundation. Call (803) 732-9311. ... Former Furman player Matt Davidson birdied the fifth hole of sudden death to win the eGolf Professional Tour Champonship at Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resorts in Southern Pines, N.C. Davidson shot 13-under-par in regulation. Former USC Aiken All-American Scott Brown of North Augusta won three times in 2009 and topped the money list with $142,362.