Tournament for WestZone Club Huge Success

Several coaches, former players, and supporters of the Clemson football program all came out Monday afternoon to show their support for the WestZone Club by playing in a golf tournament benefiting the expansion project.

The tournament was hosted by former Clemson All-American, "The Judge," Jeff Davis at The River Golf Club in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Among some of the notable names in attendance included Defensive Coordinator John Lovett, Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott, Coach Jack Hines, Michael Dean Perry, Perry Tuttle, Nelson Welch, former Tiger baseball coach Bill Wilhelm, Bill Spiers, and a whole host of others.

Both Coach Lovett and Coach Scott, as well as Michael Dean Perry and Jeff Davis, addressed the group before teeing off.

"We've got a lot of talent coming back this year," said Lovett of his defense. "We've got some spots to fill after losing John Leake, DeJuan Polk, and Donnell Washington up front. The good news is though that we've got their replacements already here. It's not like we have to go out and get the players to replace them. They are already on campus."

"Anthony Waters also really made a big jump towards the end of spring practice, he's a guy you want to watch for this year," added Lovett.

Coach Scott said, "The most important thing that happened to us during spring practice is that we figured out who our starting quarterback was going to be this year. It was Charlie Whitehurst by a hair."

Of course, that statement drew the largest laugh of the afternoon. But on a more serious note, Scott said that several new players will be counted on to make big plays this year.

"Chansi Stuckey is going to move into the spot vacated by Derrick Hamilton. You don't want to be someone in the open field trying to tackle him. He's electric. You also want to watch Kelvin Grant."

"Probably the biggest concern we had coming out of spring practice was finding two tackles up front," added Scott. "We feel pretty good about the guys we got, we just need to get them some more experience."

The captain's choice tournament started around 1 o'clock and concluded late in the afternoon. A special thanks goes out to Chris Verdery of The River Golf Club for putting on an outstanding golf tournament to help benefit the WestZone Club.

To learn more about The River Club golf course in North Augusta, click here.

Former Clemson defensive lineman Michael Dean Perry came out and talked to the group before teeing off. Coach Lovett thanked Perry for speaking to the team before several big games last year.

Jeff Davis explained the importance of the new WestZone Club facility. "We aren't building this just to be able to compete," said Davis. "We are building it because we want to win."

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