Big Thursday golf tourney to tee off Nov. 21 at LGC

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Annual scholarship event

By The Staff


 The University of South Carolina team, comprised of Gamecocks and Lancers supporters, will seek to defend its title in the 2013 Big Thursday Scholarship golf tournament.

The 12th annual golf tournament is set for Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Lancaster Golf Club.

A year ago, the USC team defeated the Clemson team, 11.5-7.5 for its third straight win.

The South Carolina team clinched the win as the duo of Conrad Collins and Mike Goodnough defeated the Clemson duo of Mike Bohonak and Tom Ellis 5 and 4 to seal the four-point victory.

“The competition is good and so is the fellowship,” said Larry Honeycutt, who coordinates the tournament, a best ball with handicap format. “We battle it out, but at the same time know it’s all for a good cause. The real winners are the scholarship recipients.”

The Big Thursday theme comes from the early days of the Carolina-Clemson football rivalry when the games, from 1896-1959, were played on the Thursday during the annual State Fair week in Columbia.

The USC win a year ago gave the Gamecocks-Lancers a 9-2 edge in the golf series.

Funds raised from the tournament are used to fund scholarships presented the area students attending the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Clemson University.

Earlier this year, two checks each totaling a record $22,500, were presented to the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Clemson University.

The $45,000 was the result of the Big Thursday Scholarship Committee’s work over the year, including the golf tournament.

Funds raised are split equally and given to each high school for scholarships to Lancaster County students – Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster – who will attend one of the schools.

The tournament committee is still seeking golfers to play, with an entry fee of $50. A shotgun start is at noon.

Close-ups on all par-threes will be awarded.

Following the tournament, participants will meet at the LGC’s Fairway Room at 6:30 for a Lowcountry shrimp boil along with a silent auction and raffle.

“This is a community event and we hope for good weather,” Honeycutt said. “The course is in great shape and we look for another outstanding event.”

For more tourney details, call Honeycutt at (803) 283-8387, or (803) 246-0021.