Clemson University

USC, Clemson tie at Hootie

South Carolina and Clemson each sent their men's golf teams to Charleston this past weekend for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for second.

The Gamecocks lost a one-stroke lead at the start of the final round to N.C. State, which claimed the trophy by firing a 14-under 271. USC and Clemson each finished with two-under 850s.

Clemson's Phillip Mollica finished third with a five-under 268 to lead the individuals for each school. Kyle Stanley was just behind him in fifth place.

USC junior Patrick Cunning claimed a career-best 10th place and two more Gamecocks, Mark Anderson and Mark Silvers, tied for 14th.

The two teams will compete again this weekend at the Furman Intercollegiate.

• HIGH HONOR: The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven members this year, including two with connections to USC and one from Clemson.

Former USC basketball star Mike Dunleavy will join the hall along with the late Tom Price, the Gamecocks' longtime sports information director and historian. Clemson defensive stalwart Levon Kirkland will join the two and Palmetto State standouts Bob Bolin, Ernie Jackson, Carl Williams and Dottie Pepper will also be recognized.

Dunleavy, coach of the L.A. Clippers, had a lucrative NBA career after finishing his USC career in 1976 as the Gamecocks' fifth-leading career scorer. Price served USC for more than 50 years and will become just the third person to be inducted as a "contributor," following longtime Clemson SID Bob Bradley and retired USC announcer Bob Fulton.

Kirkland, from Lamar, was an All-American with the Tigers and an All-Pro with Pittsburgh.

Jackson played football at Lower Richland High School, Duke and in the NFL for eight seasons. Bolin, a Hickory Grove native, pitched for San Francisco, Milwaukee and Boston from 1961-73.

Pepper helped turn Furman into a women's golf power and won 17 events on the LPGA tour, including two majors. Williams won basketball state championships at three different Columbia high schools, tutoring future NBA stars Xavier McDaniel, Tyrone Corbin and Leon Benbow.

The class will be inducted on May 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets ($500 for a table of eight) can be bought by calling (803) 770-0905.

• DOUBLE DIP: Clemson had two ACC performers of the week.

Sophomore tennis star Ani Mijacika won her second ACC player of the week honor after going undefeated last week in two matches. Mijacika beat three Top 10 opponents.

Senior sprinter Travis Padgett also won the weekly award after winning the 100-meter dash at the Clemson Relays. He also ran legs of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, which won their events.