Will Starke
Will  Starke

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chapin, S.C.

High School:
Chapin


Starke's Career Bests
18-hole score 63
54-hole score 201
Tournament finish 1st
Top 10 finishes 14
Top 20 finishes 19

AWARDS/HONORS
  • 2015 PING All-American Third Team
  • 2015 Golfweek All-American Third Team
  • 2015 PING All-Southeast Region
  • 2015 All-SEC First Team
  • 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • 2015 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

  • 2014-15
  • Second-team Golfweek and PING All-American selection
  • First-team All-SEC and PING All-Southeast Region selection
  • Led team with a stroke average of 70.27, which is the lowest for a single season in school history
  • Finished 16th or better in 10 of 12 events, including one tournament win
  • Matched the school record for top-five finishes in a season with six, tying Kyle Thompson’s total from the 1998-99 season
  • Tied for fourth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a total of 209 (-7) to lead Gamecocks to the team title
  • Finished runner-up at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup with a total of 206 (-7)
  • Tied for fifth at both the Camden Collegiate Invitational and Bayou City Collegiate Championship to lead the Gamecocks to the title at both tournaments
  • Captured medalist honors at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with a career-low total of 201 (-9)
  • Named SEC Golfer of the Week (3/12) for winning the Palmetto Intercollegiate
  • Finished third at the Seminole Intercollegiate with a total of 203 (-13) to repeat as SEC Golfer of the Week (3/18)
  • Matched the school record for lowest round, firing a final-round 63 at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational
  • Tied for 10th at the NCAA Bremerton Regional with a total of 212 (-4)
  • Placed 16th at the NCAA Championship with a 72-hole total of 289 (+1)
  • Shot under par in 26 of 37 rounds, including 19 rounds in the 60s
  • Career average of 71.79 is currently tied for the lowest all-time at Carolina
  • Recorded a tie for sixth finish at the 109th Southern Amateur Championship in July
  • Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

  • 2013-14
  • Had a breakout year, becoming one of the team’s top golfers
  • Earned a spot in the lineup in all 12 tournaments
  • Matched the team high with seven top-20 finishes
  • Tied for the team lead with four top-five finishes, which are tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history
  • Led the team with a stroke average of 72.20, which ranks eighth all-time for a single season at South Carolina and is the third lowest stroke average for a sophomore in school history
  • Opened season with a tie for fifth finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a total of 214 (-2)
  • Closed out the fall with a tie for fourth showing at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic with a total of 216 (E)
  • Tied for fifth at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with a total of 214 (+4)
  • Won first career tournament, claiming first at the Seahawk Intercollegiate with a total of 137 (-7), the fifth lowest 36-hole tournament total in program history
  • Named SEC Golfer of the Week for win at Seahawk Intercollegiate
  • Followed up with a seventh-place finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a total of 212 (-4)
  • Finished tied for 16th at the NCAA Eugene Regional with a total of 217 (+7)
  • Tied for 55th at the NCAA Championship after holding the first-round lead
  • Fired a 64 on two occasions – Seahawk Intercollegiate and NCAA Championship – to become the first Gamecock golfer of record to do so twice in the same season
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

  • 2012-13
  • Came on strong in the spring to lock down a spot in the postseason lineup
  • Played in six tournaments and recorded two top-10 finishes
  • Ranked fifth on the team with a stroke average of 74.11
  • Opened collegiate career with a runner-up finish at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic with rounds of 70-73-69=212 (-1) to help lead the Gamecocks to the program’s first tournament win since 2009
  • Played a key role in leading South Carolina to a runner-up finish at the SEC Championship, finishing tied for 63rd with rounds of 79-75-75=229 (+19)
  • Tied for ninth at the NCAA Columbus Regional with a total of 217 (+4), including a 68 in the first round
  • Tied for 116th at the NCAA Championship with rounds of 70-75-74=219 (+9)
  • Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

  • PRIOR TO SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Had a stellar career at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C.
  • Highly ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard
  • Qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur
  • Finished second in the stroke play portion of the event with rounds of 68-71=139 (-5)
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of match play
  • Claimed first at the 2011 Southern Cross and tied for fifth at the 2011 Big ‘I’ National Championship
  • Member of the Carolinas Junior team in both 2010 and 2011
  • Finished tied for first at the 2011 Carolinas Golf Association Junior and tied for second in 2010
  • Placed third at the 2011 South Carolina Junior
  • Received the 2011 David Parrott Memorial Award
  • Member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club

  • PERSONAL
  • Full name is William Andrew Starke
  • Parents are Tom and Sue Starke
  • Majoring in finance
  • Starke's Career Stats
    Year Tourn. Rds. Strokes Avg. Low 18 Best Finish
    2012-13 6 18 1,334 74.11 68 2nd
    2013-14 12 35 2,527 72.20 64 1st
    2014-15 12 37 2,600 70.27 63 1st
    Career 30 90 6,461 71.79 63 1st