Former Winthrop men's golfer Kevin Pendley has been elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame. He played for the Eagles from 1995 to 1998 and in that time became the Big South's first two-time Men's Golfer of the Year and individual medalist in 1997 and 1998.
He is one of six men's golfers in league history to be a four-time All-Conference performer. The Big South Rookie of the Year in 1995, Pendley carded a 6-under 210 (69-69-72) in his 1998 Conference victory, which was the fifth-lowest at the time and remains tied for the ninth-lowest individual score in Conference Championship history. He helped Winthrop to a runner-up finish in the 1997 Big South Championship, which is tied for the squad's best finish in the Conference tournament.
Pendley just finished his fourth season coaching the Winthrop men's golf team. He got a heads up two weeks ago that the conference was considering him for the Hall of Fame.
"I kind of figured it might be coming," Pendley said. "It is an honor and a blessing."
Pendley has picked up Hall of Fame nods each of the last three years. Winthrop enshrined him in 2008. He was honored by Greenwood High School in September of 2009. The Big South will be officially induct Pendley on June 3, 2010, during a special ceremony as part of the conference's annual spring meetings in High Point, N.C.
When asked what would he could do in 2011 to keep his string going he had a quick answer; a Big South team championship.
Winthrop is 147 in the latest Golfweek rankings.
Pendley was a member of the 1996 Winthrop team that set a then-school record for lowest 36-hole score of 571. He played professionally for seven years, including the NGA Hooters Tour in 1998, 1999 and 2002, and the Buy.com Tour in 2000 and 2001. He ranked third on the NGA Hooters Tour money list in 2002.
Pendley went on to play on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and 2004.
Five others will be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame, they are: Former Radford men's basketball coach Ron Bradley; former Coastal Carolina cross country standout Catherine Conder; former Charleston Southern men's golfer Jim Gardas; former Coastal Carolina men's soccer player Guy Norcott; and former UNC Asheville men's basketball player Josh Pittman