I’m thrilled that ticket winners Glen and Stephanie Ownby of Mount Pleasant were able to get their jollies at the last Clemson-Carolina football game on us
Hanging out with people who actually enjoy football and have a great time at the game regardless of who wins and who loses might be one of my lifelong dreams. Thus I’m thrilled that ticket winners Glen and Stephanie Ownby of Mount Pleasant were able to get their jollies at the last Clemson-Carolina football game on us – and that they had a blast, even though they’re Carolina fans.
“We are both USC fans and have been ever since we moved to the Charleston area in 2007,” affirmed Stephanie Ownby. “We’ve attended several Carolina games, but the best one was probably in 2010 when South Carolina (ranked #19) beat Alabama (ranked #1). You could literally feel the ground vibrating at the stadium – that was a great day to be a Carolina fan.”As for the recent Clemson-Carolina game, well, it was everything the Ownbys expected it would be. Though they said it took over an hour to park the car, the couple had fun tailgating and meeting a variety of fans on both sides. They were particularly surprised to find how amicable the Clemson attendees were, despite Stephanie and Glen being “Carolina fans in Clemson country.”
“Stephanie actually dropped $40 and a Clemson fan picked it up and handed it back to her,” mused Glen Ownby. “We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of Southern hospitality.”
The Ownbys were grateful for the chance to witness some football action from a spot they described as “close enough to the end zone to see some amazing plays.” Though Carolina lost, they still had a great time and enjoyed cheering for USC.
“The first quarter was exciting, especially taking the lead after a 20-yard run by Pharaoh Cooper,” remarked Glen.
As residents of Mount Pleasant since 2007, Glen and Stephanie have been Mount Pleasant Magazine fans since their first copy was direct-mailed to their house.
“We love the local news and events; it’s a great way of knowing what’s happening in the community,” said Stephanie. “We also enjoy reading about the newest restaurants. We are big foodies!”
Everyone who voted in the 2015 Best of Mount Pleasant was automatically entered into the contest for the football tickets – but the Ownbys insisted they enjoy voting even without the lure of prizes. Stephanie Ownby particularly liked casting her vote for Crave as the best macaroni ’n cheese and Crossfit as their favorite fitness center.
“We voted last year, too,” she commented. “It’s something we’ll continue to do, since we like supporting our local businesses.”
The Ownbys are partial to Mount Pleasant for a few reasons, including the fact that they wed here at the Dunes West Golf Club. They described themselves as beach bums, as many East Cooper residents do, and claimed to love living near the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The couple enjoys outdoor activities, including the Cooper River Bridge Run, and one of their favorite traditions is jumping in the ocean during the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day, an event hosted by Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island.
“It’s a great way to start the new year,” said Stephanie.