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Lucas Glover is a professional golfer who has been in the top 30 on the earnings list since 2005.
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Athlete. Born Lucas Hendley Glover on November 12, 1979 in Greenville, South Carolina. Glover showed an early aptitude for golf; at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina, he scored several major amateur golf victories. As a freshman and sophomore, he won the South Carolina State High School golf championship. He went on to place second in the tournament as a junior and a senior. During this time, he also became the three-time Rolex High School All-American champion. In addition, he played in the Cannon Cup for two seasons, won the South Carolina Golf Association Junior tournament in 1996, placed in the top 16 players in the United States Junior golf tournament, and was ranked all-state all four years of high school.
Hendley's grandfather Dick Hendley was a former Clemson University football and baseball star, and a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame. His grandfather's legacy made an impact on Lucas, who entered the school himself in 1997. Lucas managed to balance a bachelor's in speech communication and make an outstanding performance as a member of the National College Athletic Association. Among his biggest achievements include rankings as the South Carolina Amateur Champion in 1998, 1999, 2000, and getting named as a 1st Team All-America in 2000 and 2001. Glover also broke several records while at Clemson, including lowest total score for 54 hole event with a 201, and low stroke average by a junior (71.24).
Glover graduated from Clemson in 2001 with a rank of third in rounds at par or better (86) at the university, and a third place career stroke average of 71.95. That same year, he won the Sunnehanna Amateur and became a member of the United States Walker Cup team. He turned professional later that year.
In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team. That same year, he joined the Nationwide Tour. In 2003, his performance on the Nationwide Tour earned him a win at the Gila River Classic. His win landed him at 17th on the "money list," a ranking system that helped Glover earn a promotion to the PGA Tour.
In 2004, Glover played in 30 events on the PGA Tour, posting two top-10 finishes. In 2005, the golfer landed his first PGA Tour career victory at the FUNAI Classic. He went on to finish 30th on the money list, with earnings of $2,050,068. In 2006, Lucas scored nine top-10 finishes, and earned the 21st slot on the money list.
Lucas Glover is making headlines in 2009 as he leads off in the final round of the U.S. Open. The win could become a major upset for the young pro.
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