The year 2013 in Lakelands sports had a little bit of everything. From the thrill of championship opportunities to the sorrow of losing local legends, the excitement of the resurgence of a long-suffering program to the stunning departures of a pair of local coaches, it was a year that ran the gamut of emotions.
That’s the kind of year it was in 2013. Here are the Index-Journal's top 10 sports stories of the year:
1. Ben Martin returns to the PGA Tour. If Greenwood golfer Ben Martin was frustrated about finishing 54th on the Web.com Tour money list in 2012 and failing to earn a spot on the PGA Tour, he certainly didn’t show it in 2013.
Martin compiled his best year as a professional golfer. He earned his first Web.com tournament victory in June at the United Leasing Championship, then turned around in August to claim a victory in the Mylan Classic.
He finished third on the tour’s money list, earning an exemption to return to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2011.
2. Kelcy Quarles earns All-America honors. If Kelcy Quarles does indeed decide to leave the University of South Carolina and declare early for the NFL Draft after this season, he will undoubtedly look back on his junior campaign with the Gamecocks as one to remember.
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