Darius Rucker loves the Gamecocks.
He loves them so much he’s put on a number of concerts for the University of the South Carolina — including a free concert for USC students in Columbia last April.
This past weekend, he performed at the seventh annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island.
The private concert — put on for the tournament’s golfers, coaches and Long Cove residents — “kicked off (the tournament) with a bang” on Thursday, the USC women’s golf team posted on Facebook.
It’s not the only golf tournament the country star hosts. A similar men’s intercollegiate golf tournament called Hootie at Bulls Bay takes place at the end of March every year in Awendaw, S.C.
In fact, that tournament brought Hilton Head’s annual golf tournament to life after Rucker played a round of golf with the USC women’s team years ago, according to USC.
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate brings in some of the NCAA’s top women’s teams each year. This year, the line-up included six of the top-ten teams: University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Duke University, Arizona State University, Furman University and, of course, USC.
The USC women’s team finished ninth out of 18 in the tournament with a three-round final score of 899 (+47). Alabama took first with a score of 866, followed by Arkansas (874).
USC junior Marion Veysseyre led the Gamecocks and finished in the top 25 at the tournament by shooting par or better on 13 of her final 14 holes. She had 41 pars over the weekend. Junior Gaby Amos reached a career-best over the weekend by finishing first among golfers in par-3 scoring (2.92) and finishing as 36th overall.
Rucker told USC that he loves putting on the concert every year. He tweeted a photo before this weekend’s concert with the caption “So fun! #DRI18.”
It only takes a quick glance at the country rocker’s social media to see how proud the USC alumnus is of his alma mater.
His most recent activity on Twitter is a re-tweet of USC President Harris Pastides celebrating the women’s basketball team winning their fourth SEC Championship in a row on Sunday.
Fans might run into the singer if the USC men’s team makes it to the finals of the SEC Championship on Sunday. Rucker’s tour doesn’t start until March 18 — and he showed up at last year’s Championship game in New York with his son. He was also caught watching last year’s Sweet 16 game on stage while performing in Charleston.
The Gamecocks will take on Ole Miss Wednesday in St. Louis for the first round of the SEC Championship. The game will follow the championship’s first game — Georgia vs. Vanderbilt — which starts at 7 p.m.