Trinity Collegiate golfer Zeigler signs with USC
Trinity Collegiate senior Gene Zeigler became the first student athlete at the school to sign a letter of intent to play golf for the University of South Carolina. “I have always wanted to go to USC and it is great choice because it gives me the opportunity of a two-way path — if you want to play professionally, or choose to go into business.” Ziegler made an unofficial visit to USC during his 9th grade year and verbally committed to the school shortly after his visit. Zeigler began playing golf at age 6 and was a natural. Since then, he has become a well-known name both locally and nationally, being invited to numerous invitationals, including the RNA British Junior Invitational last year. Paul Woodberry, who has been his coach outside of school, said, “Gene is an all- around great player. He has length and feel and has a bright future at USC and beyond.” In addition to being a star on the green, Zeigler is equally as strong in the classroom, being member of the National Honor Society at Trinity Collegiate and being in the top 5 percent of students at TCS. Ziegler, who enrolled at TCS as a seventh grader, has played for the school’s Varsity Team coached by Michael Hawk. Hawk said, “Coaching Gene has been very exciting because of how good he really is. But on top of that, he is a great kid and he has a supportive family. Getting to know him and his family off the course has been equally as exciting. In terms of his golf , I personally believe we will watch him play on TV in the very near future because he is that talented.