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Taking Camden CC to school
USC to host inaugural Camden Collegiate Invitational
USC JUNIOR WILL STARKE blasts out of a sand trap during a tournament last spring. The 10th ranked Gamecocks will host 14 other programs from throughout the region in this in their final fall tournament to be played over the Camden Country Club. - photo by Photo provided by USC SID
Golf, for better or for worse, has turned into a power game. Players grip it and rip it in this era in which thinking one’s way around 18 holes has almost become a thing of the past.The philosophy has filtered down from the PGA Tour to the collegiate ranks and to junior golf, as well.Then, there are courses like the Donald Ross-designed layout at the Camden Country Club. The venerable facility on Knights Hill Road harkens back to the day when a premium was placed on virtually each shot as players tried to set up the best approach to the small greens.For college golfers who have become used to playing on 7,000-plus yards of wide open space courses, this weekend’s inaugural Camden Collegiate Invitational at the 6,400-yard Camden Country Club could well be a real eye-opener for the 15 teams which will come to play the Camden Country Club for the two-day, 54-hole tournament hosted by the University of South Carolina.The event, which will also include Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Davidson, Elon, Francis Marion, Furman, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Presbyterian, Radford, USC Aiken, USC Upstate and Wofford, will see the collegiate golfers playing 36 holes Saturday with the final 18 set for Sunday.