Play begins Friday in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Kelly wraps up week tied for fifth
All four Gamecocks within reach of top-10 finish
First-round begins Monday at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Augusta, Ga., native leads wire-to-wire for first career win
- 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2010 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
|Hester's Career Bests|
|Top 10 finishes||1|
|Top 20 finishes||3|
2012-13 Competed at two events...Posted a stroke average of 76.11...Recorded one top-20 finish, a tie for 13th showing as an individual at the Rees Jones Invitational with rounds of 78-75-73=226 (+10)...Also played in the Savannah Quarters Individual and tied for 22nd with rounds of 75-73-82=230 (+14).
Played in two tournaments...Posted a stroke average of 77.83...Tied for 57th to help lead the Gamecocks to a second-place finish at the Rees Jones Invitational in the fall with rounds of 84-80-77=241 (+25)...Qualified for the SEC Championship and finished 52nd with rounds of 77-75-74=226 (+16).
Played in eight tournaments as a sophomore... Earned a career-best finish as he took seventh place at the Kiawah Intercollegiate, posting rounds of 70-75-75=220; he was competing as an individual in the tournament... Kept up the strong play as the spring season began, tying for 12th at the Seahawk Invitational with rounds of 77-72-73=222... Tied for 39th at Bandon Dunes Championship with scores of 76-75-79=230... Made debut as part of the Gamecock starting lineup at the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate, where he tied for 43rd... Shot 73-75-71=219 at Mason Rudolph Championship for the best 54-hole total of his collegiate career to date... One of four Gamecocks competing at SEC Championship for the first time, where he tied for 49th... Won his final-round match vs. Washington State's Nick Ellis, 3 & 2... Season-best round was an opening-round 70 at Seahawk Invitational... Season scoring average was 74.56, ranking second on the team.
Competed as an individual in two varsity events...Top finish came as he tied for 26h at the Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting 78-74-69=221 (+8)...His round of 69 equaled the team's low round of the week...Also competed in the rain-shortened Seahawk Intercollegiate, tying for 39th in his first varsity collegiate event...Played in three Garnet Team events, earning top-20 finishes in all three...Tied for third place at the Coker Intercollegiate, shooting a final-round 68...Tied for 15th at the CSU Fall Invitational...Was the Garnet Team's top finisher at the Johnny Palmer Invitational, tying for 11th place.
PRIOR TO SOUTH CAROLINA
Was the low medalist all four years at Trinity Christian School for coach Todd Bishop...Helped Crusaders to three state championships and won one individual state title...Won the AGJA event at Fort Myers as a junior... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship at age 14... Was the top-ranked junior in the state of Georgia for his graduating class at one point... Gained fully exempt status on the AJGA Tour... Also played basketball and baseball in high school.
Full name is Dean Tilman Hester... Parents are Minton and Meda Hester... Has a brother, Alex... Father played golf at Georgia... Plans to major in finance... Chose South Carolina over offers from Vanderbilt, UCF and Georgia Tech.
|Hester's Career Stats (Stroke Play)|
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|(Garnet Team events not counted in career bests and season stroke averages)|