Clemson golf

Hopkins wins TPC caddie contest

Former Clemson golfer and the 2007 SCGA Amateur champion Luke Hopkins won the annual caddie contest at the TPC with a shot on the famous 17th hole. (PGA Tour)

The last time a caddie stole the spotlight from the golfer they were looping for was when Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy showed up Tour Star David Simms.

At The Players Championship, Ben Martin’s caddie, Luke Hopkins got his time in the spotlight on the famous 17th hole at the TPC.

Each year on the island green par 3 the caddies get to take a shot.

Tin Cup” MacAvoy got fired after he hit a shot showing up David Simms, the pro he was caddying for in a pro-am. (Scene from Tin Cup)

The Greer native knows how to use the clubs he now is carrying for Martin.

As a sophomore on the Clemson golf team, Hopkins won the 2007 South Carolina Golf Association Amateur championship.

In the event, the golfer he now caddies’ for,, Martin, finished in a tie for 7th.

Hopkins won the 2007 SCGA Amateur by 7-shots at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence. (GolfClub Photo)

This year, Hopkins, who was a Clemson teammate of Martin, hit an 8-iron inside of 10 feet to win the annual caddy contest.

Hopkins was a Clemson golfer from 2006 to 2010.

Maybe his best prize is a VIP parking spot for tournament week and some other gifts.

Hopkins name will be added to the list of winners of the competition that became an official part of the TPC week in 2000.

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