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Spurs Up Top Moments of 2010-11: #10 Women's Golf Advances to NCAA Championship

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With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. Over the next few weeks I'll be counting down the Top 15 Gamecock moments from 2010-11 across several sports from the Spurs Up perspective. It was a good year for the Gamecocks, so I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me!

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#10 - Women's Golf Advances to NCAA Championship Tournament After Fantastic NCAA Regional Performance

While Women's Golf Head Coach Kalen Anderson's squad had some veteran experience this season from last year's NCAA East Regional Championship win in Katie Burnett and Amanda Strang, it was the performance of three freshmen in this year's Regional that propelled the Gamecocks on to the Championship round. Katie Rose Higgins, Suzie Lee, and Samantha Swinehart all put up solid scores to help the Gamecocks to a sixth-place finish in the West Regional. The surprise finish qualified them to advance to the Championship for the second consecutive year and to the Spurs Up #10 Top Moment of 2010-11. It was the third trip to the Championship round in Anderson's four seasons as head coach.

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In May 2011 the team headed to Seattle for the NCAA West Regional. They battled cold, windy and rainy conditions throughout the Regional but managed to tough it out and come up with clutch shots when they needed them most. All three freshmen in the lineup saw their score count all three days of the Regional.

"It bodes great for the future," said Anderson back in May. "They really stepped up, I'm so proud of our freshmen. They're a big reason we're going to the NCAA Championship. ... Katie Rose played her steadiest golf in the Regional Championship, which was really key to our success. Sam and Suzie had a top-15 finish in the Regional Championship, that's big time golf right at the most important time of the season. They're going to gain a lot of confidence from that."

I'm looking forward to another great year from Women's Golf next season as this young team continues to develop and build on their success! 


Stay caught on the Top Moments countdown. I'll post the next moment every weekday and Saturday until we get to #1!

#11: Women's Soccer Advances on PK's to SEC Tournament Championship

#12: Freshman Julie Sarratt Throws No-Hitter in Debut

#13: Cocky's 30th Birthday Party

Women's Basketball Upsets LSU, 63-61, at Colonial Life Arena

#15: Alshon Jeffery's season-long 70-yard touchdown vs. Tennessee

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