Columbia, SC Feb. 20, 2013 – A recent Golf Week article took a look at the Gamecocks’ “odd couple” in Director of Golf Puggy Blackmon and Head Women’s Golf Coach Kalen Harris and sung the praises of the program. Check out an excerpt below and read the full article here.
Kalen Harris doesn’t look quite old enough to be in charge of a perennial top-30 team. The petite South Carolina coach blends in with her players on the course. Her hat is always pulled down low, sunglasses on, presence unassuming.
Harris, at 34, doesn’t fit the mold in the SEC coaching circle. She’s among the youngest coaches in a league that is one of the most competitive in the nation. Still, the age jokes that fly good-naturedly around the team are directed more at director of golf Puggy Blackmon, 62, who also travels with the team.
It’s an unusual dynamic, but it works at South Carolina. Since Blackmon sought out Harris for the head coaching position when it opened up in the spring of 2008, the Gamecocks have made four trips to the NCAA Championship. They won the NCAA East Regional in 2010 and again last year – as the No. 8 seed. That team went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championship.
Women’s Golf hosts The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate tournament in Hilton Head starting March 8. Debuting last year, the Carolina tourney has quickly become one of the nation’s most attractive tournaments for teams.