For all Larry Penley has accomplished in 27 years as Clemson's golf coach, including an NCAA championship, rarely has an honor moved him to tears.
His induction Saturday into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame did, though. The hall's 57th member choked up while thanking family, school officials and the S.C. Golf Association.
"I'm amazingly honored and unbelievably humbled," Penley, 50, said at Columbia Country Club. "When you're coaching you do everything you can to win, but you never think about postseason awards. Well, this is the ultimate postseason award."
Penley has led the Tigers to 26 consecutive playoff appearances, 23 trips to the national finals and eight top-5 finishes, capped by the title in 2003.
"This is good for me," he said. "It's made me slow down, reflect on the players we've had."
SCGA executive director Happ Lathrop said having four former Penley players, all products of the S.C. Junior Golf Association, on the PGA Tour helps elevate the state's profile. That got a laugh from Penley.
"Years ago at a junior tournament, Happ said, 'If we could just get someone on the PGA Tour, it would help our recognition,' and then Charles Warren and (USC's) David Seawell made it," he said.
"Later he said, 'If we can just get someone to win (on the tour), we could really take off,' and not long after, Jonathan Byrd won." Now, Byrd has three titles, Glover two and D.J. Trahan two.
"We never had that talk about (Glover) winning a major."
Miller, Seawell honored. Chris Miller, director of the S.C. Junior Golf Association, and David Seawell, director of golf at Graniteville's Sage Valley Golf Club, are among nine individuals earning annual awards from the Carolinas PGA Section.
Irmo's Miller was named the CPGA's Junior Golf Leader of 2009 for directing the SCJGA's programs, which reach more than 1,700 juniors.
Seawell is one of three S.C. professionals named as top merchandisers, winning in the private club division. Also named were Shannon Archer of Hilton Head National Golf Club (public) and Stephen Youngner of Kiawah Island's Ocean Course (resort).
Harbour Town Golf Links professional John Farrell received the CPGA's Presidents Plaque, and Michael Abraham of the Members Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach was the top assistant professional.
Bradshaws win. Columbia's Thomas Bradshaw and sister Collins Bradshaw pulled off a family double at the Future Collegians World Tour's Duke Open in Durham, N.C., winning the boys and girls divisions, respectively.
Thomas Bradshaw, an A.C. Flora senior and Clemson commitment for 2010, rallied from a shot back with a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to finish at 142 and win by three shots.
Collins Bradshaw, a sophomore at A.C. Flora, led from the start, shooting 73-73-146 to claim the girls' competition by five shots.
USC signs trio. Add Acworth, Ga.'s Blaine Woodruff to the South Carolina golf team's three-player class for 2010, joining Logan Harrell of Huntersville, N.C., and Isle of Palms' Cauder Moore, announced earlier.
Woodruff led Harrison High to the 2007 state title and finished fourth individually in 2008 while qualifying for the U.S. Junior.
Chip shots. The Myrtle Beach-based NGA Hooters Tour's 2010 schedule has two tournaments in South Carolina: April 19-25 at McCormick's Savannah Lakes GC and the season-ending Columbia Capitol Chevrolet Classic, Sept. 6-12 at the Members Club at Woodcreek and WildeWood. Go to ngahooterstour.com. ... Former Francis Marion University player Fredrik Ohlsson shot a closing 6-under-par 66 to finish sixth at the PGA European Tour Qualifying School's final stage and earn a tour card for 2010. ... USC men's golf coach Bill McDonald and former Columbia professional Curt Sanders teamed to shoot 68-62-130, 12-under, to tie for 14th at the Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro in Pinehurst, N.C. ... The Myrtle Beach National Company has taken over management of two golf courses at Wild Wing Plantation, the 18-hole Avocet course and the nine-hole Hummingbird. Wild Wing consisted of four 18-hole courses until converting 45 holes to real estate in 2006.