When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track Friday night at Charlotte Motor speedway for its fifth event of the 2017 schedule, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks will once again be on board the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet.
The Gamecocks were last at Martinsville Speedway in conjunction with the men’s and women’s run to the NCAA Final Four culminating in a national title for the Gamecock women’s team. The Bolen Motorsports team also came home with a team-best finish of seventh place with Ross Chastain behind the wheel.
The South Carolina women’s basketball team brought home the University’s first women’s basketball national title and will use Friday’s event to showcase and celebrate that accomplishment. After an overwhelming response from fans following the NCAA Title runs and the Gamecock paint scheme, Bolen Motorsports has commissioned an officially licensed Gamecock Die-cast that is currently on sale with production and delivery expected early this fall. This 1:24 scale die-cast replica is currently available for pre-purchase at www.GamecockDieCast.com.
Team owner Jeff Bolen, a Carolina alumnus, is looking forward to having the Gamecocks on board again.
“Really cool to see how this partnership with the university athletics department has all come together,” Bolen said. “To be able to showcase them and their accomplishments has been really neat.”
Bolen Motorsports and driver Ross Chastain are returning to action this Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway where they currently sit 16th in the series point standings.
USC, Clemson head for NCAA women’s golf tournament
South Carolina and Clemson open play Friday at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
The six-day event, which takes place May 19-24, features a combination of stroke and match play at Rich Harvest Farms. Each school will play 54 holes of stroke play before the 24-team field is cut to 15 after Sunday’s third round.
A fourth round of stroke play will narrow the field to eight teams, who will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. The match-play quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Tuesday, May 23, before the NCAA champion is determined following Wednesday’s title match.
Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the final day of stroke play and each of the three match-play rounds.
The field consists of No. 2 Alabama, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 17 Baylor, No. 21 California, Clemson, No. 8 Duke, No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Florida State, No. 9 Furman, No. 14 Kent State, No. 13 Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 25 Ohio State, Oregon, Pepperdine, No. 24 Purdue, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 1 Stanford, No. 16 Texas, Texas Tech.
South Carolina rallied from eight shots back and carded a final-round 288 (E) to claim its third straight NCAA Regional title at OSU Golf Club. The Gamecocks, who boast five regional championships since 2010, totaled a three-round mark of 886 (+22) to finish tied with Florida atop the Columbus Regional.
“We’ve had a great week of focused preparation. I believe that our regional site in Ohio was a good preparation for this week’s venue at Rich Harvest Farms, and the team has gained confidence from it. We will have another marathon week where patience and mental toughness prevails,” South Carolina women’s golf coach Kalen Anderson Kelley Hester’s team is making Clemson’s first trip to the NCAA National Tournament in the programs four years as a varsity sport.
Clemson qualified for the national tournament with a fifth-place finish at the Athens Regional in Athens, Georgia.
• Clemson sophomore outfielder Seth Beer (Suwanee, Ga.) was named one of 25 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. The award is presented to the nation's top baseball player. Beer is batting .293 with 13 homers, a triple, 16 doubles, 47 RBIs, 41 runs, 52 walks, a .462 on-base percentage and a steal in starting all 53 games. Beer won the 2016 Dick Howser Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win the award.
• Gamecock freshman Mackenzie Boesel claimed a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region third team. Boesel, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., leads the Gamecocks in eight major offensive categories, including with her .337 batting average, .439 on-base percentage and .554 slugging percentage. She ranks second on the team with seven homers, one shy of South Carolina’s freshman record, and 31 RBI.
• Clemson’s Marisa Messana is the 2017 recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award for women’s golf. The NCAA presents the award at each NCAA National Championship event to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA among the competing athletes at the national event. Messana is one semester from graduating and has a perfect 4.0 GPA in communications.