Mark Anderson had a pretty distinguished career at the University of South Carolina, notching 2005 All-Freshman, All-SEC First Team and SEC Freshman of the Year honors and capping his career in 2008 with an All-America Honorable Mention after winning two tournaments and finishing with a 72.00 stroke average.
"I'm extremely proud of the great year Mark put together," South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said at the time. "He had a very consistent year, and I'm glad he's being rewarded for that hard work. He was a great leader for our team on the course and in the classroom. We are going to miss him next season."
Before that the Beaufort, South Carolina, native was the 2003 State Junior champion and led his Beaufort Academy team to three straight state titles.
But nothing in that stretch compares to the run he has been on in the 2008 summer, where he currently has shot seven straight rounds in the 60's, dating back to the start of his winning run at the prestigious Players Amateur. His final-round 60 in that tournament was a tournament record, as was his 64 in the Oglethorpe Invitational's second round.
"It's a nice feeling," Anderson told the Savannah Morning News after the Oglethorpe victory. "I'm playing well in pressure situations. After the way I finished the Players Am, I didn't have any trouble sleeping on the lead here Saturday night."
As the winner of the Players Amateur, Anderson earned a spot into the 2009 Verizon Heritage Classic on the PGA Tour, and into the 2009 NEC Master of the Amateurs Championship in Australia.
As of the end of July he sits T-15th on the amateurgolf.com - Bridgestone Golf Player Rankings with 1700 points (Zach Sucher leads with 3200) after also notching points for an 8th place finish at the Rice Planters Amateur and T-28th at the Dogwood Invitational.