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Golfers gain All-America Scholar honors

Three Gamecocks earned Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

Golfers Mark Anderson, Patrick Cunning and Mark Silvers III were among the 96 Division I golfers named as All-America Scholars.

It is the first selection for each player and the second time in USC history that three Gamecocks made the list. Alex Hamilton, Martin Rominger and Jake Thompsonearned the honor in 2004.

"To have three players earn this honor is tremendous for our golf program," USC head coach Bill McDonald said. "I am extremely proud of these young men for their commitments to excellence in the classroom and on the golf course."

Anderson, a senior business major, finished in the top 25 in nine of the 10 tournaments he played in 2007-08. He finished the season with a career-best 72.00 average to rank sixth in the SEC.

A junior finance major, Cunning played in eight of the team's 11 tournaments in 2007-08, posting a career-low 73.87 average.

Silvers is a junior finance and management double major who was third on the team with a 73.13 average in 2007-08. He was second on the team in four of the Gamecocks' last five events.

Among the requirements to be eligible for Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status are a stroke average under 76.0 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

USC has had at least one golfer earn the award every year since 2004.