Crowd dials into Spurrier at Verizon Heritage pro-am

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- It's officially golf season for
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

The Gamecocks' second-year coach played in the Verizon Heritage pro-am Wednesday, paired with defending champion Peter Lonard.

"It was a good crowd. It's fun to get out in these events," Spurrier said after his round.

Like many coaches, Spurrier was focused on his mistakes before his successes. He said he had to pick up his balls twice during the team competition after driving out of bounds on the par-5 second hole and then on the famous par-4 lighthouse hole on No. 18.

"In between, I made about nine or 10 pars, five on each side I
think," he said. "But no birdies, though. I got shut out."

Still, Spurrier was by far the biggest draw in his group.

"Yeah, I knew he was one of the best tennis coaches in here.
They told me before," joked Lonard, an Australian who won his
first PGA Tour event at Harbour Town last year.

Gamecock fans popped up everywhere during Spurrier's round,
saluting the coach who took South Carolina to its first bowl game
in three years. As Spurrier came off the 18th green, a woman began
the sing-song, "Game-Cock" cheer. Spurrier pointed to her, asked
for her name, and autographed his commemorative picture from the
pro-am event to her.

Former Florida golf star Chris DiMarco was back at Harbour Town
for the first time since 1999 and was eager to catch up with his
alma mater's ex-coach.

Spurrier's son, Gamecocks receivers coach Steve Jr., walked four
or five holes with DiMarco's group.

"My second favorite team is the South Carolina Gamecocks,
without a doubt," DiMarco said.