USC Beaufort

USCB notebook: Thacker named Sun Conference Golfer of the Month

The USC Beaufort men's golf team continues to reap attention after a sensational fall season, as senior George Thacker has been named the Sun Conference Golfer of the Month for October and November.

Thacker finished second overall at the SeeMore Putters NAIA Intercollegiate in October and the Southeastern Fire Invitational earlier this month, leading the Sand Sharks to team titles in both events.

USCB, which is ranked second in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf NAIA coaches poll and first in the Golfstat head-to-head ratings, won its last four tournaments this fall after opening the season with a second-place finish at the Kiawah Island Invitational in September.


The disappointment of missing out on an individual bid to the NAIA National Cross Country Championships didn't linger long for USCB junior Marshall Meyer, who punched his ticket to the 2011 NAIA National Track and Field Championships by qualifying for the marathon event.

Meyer won the Bluffton Half Marathon on Saturday, finishing in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds, to easily beat the "A" qualifying standard for the marathon event at nationals.

Fellow Sand Sharks Frank Tinsley (1:12:28) and John Critchlow (1:13:36) also qualified on the men's side, and USCB's Katie Mock (1:29:59) qualified in the women's race.

It will be the third trip to nationals in the marathon for Meyer, who finished 18th last year, and the second for Mock. Tinsley and Critchlow are first-time qualifiers in the marathon, but Critchlow qualified for nationals in cross country in 2008.


USCB senior Kristine Grannan was named the winner of the Sun Conference's women's cross country "Champions of Character" award.

The award was established by the NAIA "to honor individuals who have made positive daily decisions in all aspects of their lives and reflect the true value of competition."

"Kristy has been the nurturing person on our team for three years," USCB coach Larry Kimball said. "As a team captain, her leadership qualities are based on the respect of her peers and also her willingness to help her teammates in all types of situations. Kristy will make a real contribution in life once she graduate, and I am proud to have coached her for three years here at USCB."

A native of Huntsville, Ala., Grannan will graduate in December with a degree in business administration.