FMU Professor on Winning S.C. Golf Team
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University psychology professor Tom Dorsel recently played for the victorious South Carolina team in the second-annual North Carolina-South Carolina Media Challenge Golf Tournament held at The Reserve in Litchfield, S.C.
The tournament was played using a Ryder Cup match-play format with alternate-shot team matches in the morning, better-ball team matches in the afternoon, and individual matches the following day. Just as in the Ryder Cup, one point was awarded to the winners for each nine holes played and also for the 18-hole result in each match. Half points were awarded in the case of ties.
North Carolina led 9-6 after the alternate shot portion, and maintained a 16.5-13.5 advantage after the better-ball competition. The Palmetto State squad rallied to take the individual competition 19.5-13.5, giving South Carolina a 33-30 overall lead and the championship.
In addition to Dorsel, the South Carolina team included Ken Burger (Charleston Post and Courier), Alan Blondin (Sun News), Eric Boynton (Spartanburg Herald-Journal), John Brasier (Anderson Independent-Mail), Bob Gillespie (The State), Tim Guidera (Savannah Morning News), Phil Kornblut (SC Radio News Network), Mitch Laurance (On the Green Magazine/Video Magazine), Scott Michaux (Augusta Chronicle), and Pete Wofford (TPG Sports).
Dorsel said, "Host golf professional Don Clement and his staff at The Reserve put on a class event for the second year in a row. This is a great competition and a superb venue that is one of the best kept secrets on the Grand Strand.”
A sport psychology columnist for Golf Illustrated, Dorsel has published more than 100 sport psychology articles in various publications. He has also authored two books and made numerous television appearances. A member of the FMU faculty since 1986, Dorsel earned degrees from the Universities of Notre Dame, Kentucky, and New Mexico, and completed a post-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.
The North Carolina squad won the inaugural event in 2003, 31-29.