Nov. 25, 2009
Spartanburg, S.C. - With the prospects of losing senior stalwarts Josh Gallman and Michael Lawrence from the lineup after this season, USC Upstate head men's golf coach Todd Lawton has signed Hillcrest High School's Daniel Brock and Gaffney High School's Adam Goins to national letters of intent during the early signing period.
Brock, from Simpsonville, S.C., is a standout on Hillcrest's team, leading the Rams to their first appearance in the 4A state tournament since 2002. Brock was the low Ram in the tournament, turning in rounds of 77, 74 and 76 to finish tied for 10th while leading Hillcrest to a 10th-place finish. He missed earning All-State honors by two strokes. He was the medalist in six of the eight matches he played for Hillcrest last year, posting a tournament stroke average of 35. He finished third with a pair of 73's in the Region II-4A Tournament, earning all-region honors. He claimed a seventh-place finish at the Easley Invitational with rounds of 76 and 71. As a sophomore, he earned medalist honors in four of the eight matches he played for the Rams. He earned all-region honors after placing fifth at the Region II-4A Tournament. He turned in a 38 stroke average for the year.
An accomplished player in high school, Brock has also been an accomplished player on the junior golf circuit. He won the Upstate classic with rounds of 71 and 70 and earned third-place finishes at the Greenville County Amateur Championship played at Holly Tree. He carded rounds of 71, 76 and a final round tournament-best 69. He also finished third at the Thornblade Classic and took sixth at the Florence Junior Championship.
"Danny is a well-rounded player," said Lawton. "He has great length and presence on the course. He is consistent and has played very well against the best junior golfers in South Carolina. Although he's only been playing competitive golf for a few years, he knows how to score and works incredibly hard at improving every aspect of his game."
A strong player in high school, he has also been solid in junior golf. He finished second at 2008 The Blade Junior Classic at Thornblade with a 4-under-par total with rounds of 72 and 68. After opening the 2009 SCJGA Junior Championship at Bulls Bay with a 76, he rallied with rounds of 69 and 66 to finish ninth. He was a member of South Carolina's team participating in the 2009 SC/GA Team Matches, leading South Carolina to an 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 victory.
"Adam is a great addition to our Gaffney tradition," said Lawton. "A fiery competitor, his short backswing is repeatable and his work ethic is strong. He has shot very low rounds against great competition on difficult courses. His greatest golf asset is that his short iron accuracy helps him make a lot of birdies."