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Mark Silvers Playing in U.S. Open

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Former Gamecock men's golfer Mark Silvers (a 2009 graduate and the SEC's 2009 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in golf) will play in this week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He is paired with Jason Preeo and Kevin Phelan and will tee off at 2:31 p.m. on Thursday and 9:01 a.m.  on Friday. South Carolina head men's golf coach Bill McDonald will caddy for his former player at the tournament this week.

For more on the U.S. Open, click here. Here's a couple articles about Silvers' trip to the U.S. Open:

U.S. Open: Silvers gets his break - Bob Spear, The State

"I'm still on Cloud Nine," Silvers said two days after securing his berth in this week's Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

He earned his spot the hard way, winning a sudden-death playoff on the second hole in sectional qualifying in Roswell, Ga. Considering a couple of near-misses since turning pro a year ago, producing under pressure made this achievement more satisfying.

USC graduate Silvers will aim to be carefree at Pebble Beach - Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

"I was very fortunate to have received a scholarship to South Carolina and I was just one of those people where I seemed to be getting better every year," Silvers said. "My fundamentals, my mindset, everything kept improving. Once I had my senior year I looked back from my freshman year to see just how much better I'd gotten. I feel if I keep progressing that way I have a really good shot at playing some good golf professionally."


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