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PGA TOUR's Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey Shows His Gamecock Pride

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With what may be one of the most remarkable stories in professional golf, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey has gone from growing up a small town guy in Bishopville, South Carolina, and working in a factory to playing on the PGA TOUR - and he's taken his love of the Gamecocks along for the ride.

"Two Gloves" (a nickname earned long ago due to Gainey's unique style of wearing two gloves to play) has been a Gamecock fan his entire life while growing up playing both baseball and golf. While he says baseball is his first love, which might explain his baseball-like swing, once he discovered he had a knack for golf he wound up loving it more. Although he wondered how far he might able to go, he didn't immediately take aim at professional golf. Rather, after attending Central Carolina Technical College, he worked two manufacturing stints for A.O. Smith at their water heater plant in McBee, SC, playing golf as often as possible during his free time.

Fast forward to the present and his former employer is one of his sponsors, he's been named one of the PGA TOUR's Top 100 Players to Watch, and he collected seven top-10 finishes in 2011, including three third place finishes.

"You know what, it's unbelievable what he did this year. He's very talented. I love it because he's his own man and no one tells him how to do things," wrote fellow TOUR player Chris DiMarco on (Yes, that DiMarco, former Gamecock fullback Patrick DiMarco's uncle.)

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While Gainey sports the A.O. Smith logo on his cap, shirt and bag, that's not the only constant presence on the course with Two Gloves. Gainey's Gamecock spirit is never far from him either.

"When I'm out here on the TOUR I've sported my head cover of Cocky; it'll always be on my driver," said Gainey, excitedly. "I'm not going to put any other cover on it. That's what Cocky does - he guards the driver for me."

Gainey recently decided to join the Gamecock Club and make a donation to the Garnet Way Campaign. He sought help from his agent, Paul Graham, who is also an adjunct professor at Carolina in the Sport & Entertainment Management department, and Jeff Crane, Director of Development in the athletics department.

"I made a donation to the Gamecock Club, not just because I could do it, but because I wanted to do it," Gainey explained. "I just want to help out the university. I gave what I could."

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Gainey with South Carolina Men's Golf Assistant Coach Don Hill

"Everyone has a different meaning of what the school stands for," Gainey continued. "If you ask me, I think it stands for class and respect. I'm just glad to be a part of it. They made me an honorary letterman of the golf team in 2011, and I was so humbled I didn't know what to say...that was unbelievable because I live, breathe, and die South Carolina athletics."

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You can keep your gloves on, brilliant I am never amazed at that big heart of South Carolina Gamecocks fans and followers.

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