May 19, 2010
COLUMBIA, SC – Defending U.S. Open Golf champion Lucas Glover has been named the Grant Bennett Professional Athlete of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
The former Clemson star will receive the award that is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly and named in honor of the renowned golf teaching pro, at the SCAHOF’s 50th anniversary banquet on May 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Glover, ranked No. 9 in the PGA money earnings with $3.6 million and No. 16 in the world golf standings, became the first Clemson golfer to win a major. Glover, a two-time first-team All-American at Clemson between 1998-01, also finished fourth at the PGA Championship last year.
Glover will be honored along with the 2010 induction class that includes former Clemson and NBA star Horace Grant and former Clemson and NFL lineman Joe Bostic; USC/NFL standout Bill Currier; two-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Courtney Shealy Hart of Irmo; longtime Furman tennis coach Paul Scarpa; Western Carolina/MLB’s Wayne Tolleson of Spartanburg; former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Stan Smith of Hilton Head; and USC alum Bob McNair, owner of the NFL Houston Texans and the Stonerside thoroughbred racing stable of Aiken.
Tickets for the event, the largest sports gathering in the Palmetto State, may be obtained by calling the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame’s office at 803/779-0905.
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