At this point in his career, Steve Spurrier is nearly as synonymous with the game of golf as he is football.
Earlier this offseason, the South Carolina coach was asked if he had begun to focus on his team’s first opponent of the season, Texas A&M. In classic Spurrier form, the 69-year-old coach responded, “No, I am ready to turn my focus on golf tomorrow.”
So, it should come as no surprise that Spurrier has never lost a round of golf to one of his players.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) July 3, 2014
From ESPN.com’s story:
In more than 30 years of coaching, Steve Spurrier has never lost a round of golf to one of his players. New challengers are apt to dismiss the claim, but Spurrier is happy to provide witness accounts of each of his triumphs. It’s a record he takes seriously.
The last to take his shot was kicker Ryan Succop, who played at South Carolina from 2005-08. Succop was good, and Spurrier knew it.
Succop had two triple-bogeys on the day and finished with a 79. Spurrier edged him out with a 77. On nine out of 10 days, Spurrier admits, Succop would’ve won. But that’s hardly the point.
It’s a pretty impressive feat, considering Spurrier’s much older and much less athletic than his players. At nearly 70 years old, though, Spurrier’s game has to be on the decline. Perhaps he is finally for the taking.