Local pro leads pupil to win in Blade Junior Golf Classic

golf-royer and cleary (2)South Carolina Golf Center’s Instructional Director and former PGA Tour Player, Hugh Royer, III led his student 16-year-old Hailey Cleary to victory during The Blade Junior Golf Classic held over the weekend in Greenville, SC.

The Blade Junior Golf Tournament is one of the top junior golf tournaments in South Carolina. Past participants in The Blade Tournament include: PGA tour winners Bill Haas and Scott Brown; LPGA two-time runner-up Kristy McPherson; Web.com Tour winners Mark Anderson, Ben Martin, and Kevin Kisner; USGA Public Links Champion Corbin Mills and USGA Women’s Amateur runner-up Brandi Jackson.

Hailey resides in Lexington, SC, attends Lexington High School and is an active member on her high school’s golf team. Hailey has been training with Royer for the past six months and travels 280 miles round trip three Saturdays a month to meet with Royer.

“Everyone at the South Carolina Golf Center is so excited that Hailey won the 2014 Women’s Blade Championship,” said Hugh Royer III, Hailey’s golf coach and golf instructor at South Carolina Golf Center. “During our golf lessons together she is extremely dedicated and hard working and that comes across in her golf game. I look forward to continue assisting her and helping her achieve her goals in the game of golf.”

Hugh Royer, III is a golf instructor at the South Carolina Golf Center located at Shaftesbury Glen Golf Course in Conway, SC and specializes in coaching and mentoring junior golfers.

Royer played collegiately at Mississippi State University and Columbus State University where he was NCAA Division II Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 1985 and 1986. He won the Georgia State Amateur Championship, Southeastern Amateur, Azalea Amateur, and Western Amateur.

Royer turned professional in 1987.  He competed on the South African Tour for six years where he had one tournament win and several runner-up finishes. He began playing on the Nike (Nationwide) Tour in 1991 and won his first event in 1993 in Florence, South Carolina at the NIKE South Carolina Classic. Later that year, he won again in Texarkana, Arkansas at the NIKE Texarkana Open. In 1995, he won the NIKE Dominion Open and the NIKE Permian Basin Open. Royer gained his PGA Tour card that year and retained it until 1998. He had four top-10 finishes. He competed on the Nationwide Tour in 1999 and 2000 before retiring due to a rotator cuff injury.  In 2000, Royer was inducted into the Columbus State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Royer worked for three years at the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island where he trained the top junior players in the world, among other successful collegiate players.  Royer began teaching in the Myrtle Beach area in 2007 where he has had the privilege of teaching many of today’s professionals, collegiate players, and top amateurs.

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