Player: Ryan Hall

2021-Ryan Hall
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
University: University of South Carolina
Area of Study: Tourism
Expected Graduation: 2022
Soldier Honored:

AWARDS/HONORS


  • 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms – Team USA

  • 2021 Jack Nicklaus Award Finalist

  • 2021 Haskins Award Finalist

  • 2021 PING First Team All-American

  • 2021 First Team All-SEC

  • 2021 GCAA All-Nicklaus Team

  • 2021 PING All-Southeast Region

  • 2021 NCAA Albuquerque Regional Champion (May 17-19)

  • 2021 Augusta Haskins Award Invitational Champion (April 3-4)

  • 2019 J.T. Poston Invitational Champion (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)

  • 2019 PING All-Southeast Region

  • SEC Golfer of the Week – April 8, 2021

  • SEC Freshman of the Week – April 3, 2019

  • 2021 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

  • 2020 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

  • 2018-19 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


CAREER NOTES

  • Ranked 17th in the WAGR (as of 6/28/21)

  • Ranked 3rd in PGA TOUR University rankings (as of 7/20/21)

  • His career scoring average of 70.79 is the lowest in program history

  • Has shot par or better 46 times in 75 career rounds with 26 scores in the 60s

  • Has three wins, seven top-fives (T-9th most in program history), nine top-10s and 17 top-20s in his career

  • Became the first Gamecock men’s golfer to play for the United States in the 2021 Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms

  • Two U.S. Amateur appearances (Pinehurst in 2019, Bandon Dunes in 2020), two NCAA Championship appearances (2019, 2021)


2020-21 (JUNIOR)

  • Put together one of the best, most consistent single seasons in program history; finished in the top-20 in 10 of his 11 starts during the 2020-21 campaign competing against mostly all-SEC competition

  • Named a PING First Team All-American becoming just the second first team selection in program history (Matt NeSmith, 2016)

  • Finished 13th in the final Golfstat Player Rankings (6/4/21) and 15th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Player Rankings (6/2/21)

  • Shot par or better in 24 of his 33 rounds played with 15 scores in the 60s

  • His 69.97 scoring average was the lowest in program history; first player ever at South Carolina to record a sub-70 season scoring average and was one of just seven players in the country in the 2020-21 season with a sub-70 scoring average

  • Carded 11 eagles, which tied for the most in the nation

  • His 3.98 par-4 scoring average was T-3rd nationally

  • Recorded a career-best six top-10 finishes with four top-fives and a pair of wins; is just the fifth player in program history to win twice in the same season, joining All-Americans Keenan Huskey, Will Miles, Matt NeSmith and Kyle Thompson

  • Played in the 25th Arnold Palmer Cup (June 11-13) at Rich Harvest Farms; came back and defeated Yuxin Lin 1-up in Sunday singles to help Team USA to a 33-27 win, its first in the competition since 2018

  • Missed the cut by just two shots at the 2021 NCAA Men's Golf Championship (May 28-30); shot 219 (+9, 73-72-74) and finished T-67th after 54-holes of stroke play at Grayhawk Golf Club

  • Won the 2021 NCAA Albuquerque Regional (May 17-19) by a shot after shooting 205 (-11) with rounds of 68-68-69; made 15 birdies and a pair of eagles over three days and led the field in par-3 scoring average (2.67, -4) while finishing T-2nd in par-5 scoring average at 4.17 (-10)

  • Became just the third regional champion in program history joining former All-American and PGA TOUR player Kyle Thompson, who won regionals twice as a Gamecock in 1999 and 2001 (NCAA Regional play began in 1993)

  • T-12th at the SEC Championship (April 21-23), climbing 23 spots on the leaderboard in a windy final round at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course with a 2-under 68

  • Won the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational (April 3-4) on Easter Sunday for his first win (second career) of the season; shot 202 (-14) with a bogey free 66 (-6) in the second round and a carded final round 64 (-8); chipped in for eagle (his second of the round) on his final hole to force a playoff with Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante and made birdie on both playoff holes to win and earn a sponsor exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 3M Open this summer in Blaine, Minn.

  • Shot a season-best score of 200 (-10) at the Gators Invitational (Feb. 12-13) to finish solo third; followed that up with a T-4th finish at the LSU Invitational (Feb. 26-28)

  • T-35th at the Jones Cup Invitational (Feb. 5-7) at Sea Island with a 9-over score of 225

  • T-28th at the Patriot All-America Invitational (Dec. 29-31) after shooting 72-68-74 (214, +4)

  • In three All-SEC fall tournaments, finished T-13th (Blessings Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 5-7), T-18th (Legends Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 25-27) and T-6th (Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, Nov. 8-10)

  • Finished third at the 2020 Azalea Invitational (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) at Charleston Country Club with a 72-hole score of 279 (-4, 71-68-72-68)

  • Played in 120th U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes (Aug. 10-16); shot 145 (70-75, +2) and missed match play in an 18-for-3 playoff to get into the top-64


2019-20 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Started all seven tournaments during a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Finished the year with a 71.86 scoring average, the 14th lowest mark in program history

  • Was one of three players to log double-digit rounds of par or better (10) while shooting in the 60s five times

  • Tallied a pair of top-fives during the fall slate in five starts; shot par or better seven times in 15 rounds (five rounds in the 60s) for a scoring average of 71.33

  • Took third at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic (Nov. 2-4) after shooting in the 60s every round; finished with a 13-under total of 200 (65-69-66)

  • Picked up first collegiate win at the J.T. Poston Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) by a shot; tallied a career-best score of 199 (-14, 70-65-64), which marks the sixth lowest score in program history; became just fifth different golfer at South Carolina all-time to shoot sub-200; his final round 64 (-7) T-4th lowest 18-hole score in Gamecock men’s golf history

  • Played in the 119th U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst (Aug. 12-18); punched his ticket after earning medalist honors at Willow Creek Club (Knoxville, Tenn.) in sectional qualifying; shot 131 (-9) with a lights out 63 (-7) in the final round on Sunday

  • Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll


2018-19 (FRESHMAN)

  • A highly-touted, first-year player that saw action in seven events with six starts, posting a scoring average of 71.00 – the lowest mark in program history by a freshman

  • Had four top-20 finishes and shot par or better 12 times in 21 rounds played

  • Missed most of the spring due to a wrist injury but returned to the lineup for postseason play

  • T-24th at the NCAA Pullman Regional (May 13-15), helping the team punch its ticket to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2016 with a top-five finish; shot 205 (-5) with rounds of 69-70-66; his 54-hole score T-2nd lowest by a freshman in program history

  • Made his spring debut playing as an individual at the Wofford Invitational (April 1-2); took runner-up medalist honors after shooting 209 (-7); carded a bogey free 65 (-7) in the second round, T-2nd lowest 18-score by a freshman in program history

  • Started all five fall tournaments; T-18th at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic (Nov. 2-4) after shooting 207 (-6, 68-70-69)

  • T-20th in a stacked field at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 21-23)

  • Went 0-2 at the Jack Nickalus Invitational (Oct. 8-9) falling to Stanford’s Harry Shimp 2&1 and Georgia Tech’s James Clark 5&3 in the semifinals

  • T-16th at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational (Sept. 14-16) for his first career top-20

  • Earned a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


PRIOR TO SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Helped lead Halls High School to back-to-back TSSAA Class AAA State Championships in 2016 and 2017

  • Was the 2017 TSSAA Class AAA Individual State Champion

  • Won the AJGA City of London Junior Championship in the summer 2017

  • Shot 69-66-70 for a 54-hole total of 205 (-11) en route to the win

  • Shot an even par 288 and T-7th at the 2017 Polo Golf Junior Classic

  • Qualified for Match Play at the 2017 USGA U.S. Junior Amateur. Defeated sixth-seeded Eugene Hong 2&1 in the round of 64

  • 2018 First-Team Rolex All-American

  • 2015 and 2017 Honorable Mention Rolex All-American


PERSONAL

  • Son of Brian and Stephanie, and has an older brother -- Andy

  • Tourism management major

  • List Beaver Brook Golf & Country Club (Knoxville, Tenn.) as favorite course

  • Vanilla is favorite ice cream flavor


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