March 20, 2017
PALM CITY, Fla. -- Sophomore Scott Stevens and junior Keenan Huskey remain near the top of the individual leaderboard at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational for South Carolina, which wrapped up second-round action Monday at the Floridian National Golf Club. The Gamecocks currently sit in eighth place at 19-over 587 for the tournament after carding a 287 (+3) on day two of the 54-hole event.
Stevens, who opened the tournament with an even 71 Sunday, posted a 1-under 70 in the second round to end the day one shot off the lead in a tie for third place (141, -1). The Chattanooga, Tenn., native registered five birdies today, including three over his final nine holes. He earned back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 and tallied the final one of his day on the par-4 sixth.
Huskey sits just outside the top 10 in a tie for 11th (144, +2) after recording three birdies on his round, starting on the par-4 10th. He posted a 37 (+1) on his front nine before playing his final nine holes at even following a bogey on No. 2 and a birdie on No. 8.
Gamecock freshman Jamie Wilson (T33, +6) boasted the low round of the day among Gamecocks after firing a 2-under 69. The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native, who birdied two of her first four holes and made the turn at 1-under 35, found his stroke down the stretch with three-straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. Carolina sophomore Ryan Stachler will head into the final round in a tie for 71st (158, +16) after posting a 5-over 76 in Monday’s second round. Caleb Proveaux, the Gamecocks’ other freshman in the field this week, was disqualified for the tournament during round-two action.
No. 10 Wake Forest (571, +3) overtook Houston for the 36-hole lead following its 4-under 280 in the second round, while the Cougars (580, +12), third-ranked Oklahoma State (T3, +14) and Georgia Tech (T3, +14) round out the top four spots. Thomas Rosenmueller of North Texas and Wake Forest’s Eric Bae hold the individual lead at 2-under 140.
Quoting Coach Bill McDonald
“We played a solid round today I thought. We have a chance tomorrow to move well up the leaderboard with a good effort. Even though the course played a little easier today, it’s still a pretty good round to be around par as a team.”
Round Changer Jamie Wilson
Jamie Wilson caught fire on his back nine Monday with three-straight birdies on holes Nos. 4, 5 and 6. His 10 birdies through two rounds are tied for the best in the field.
Up Next for the Gamecocks
South Carolina concludes play at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday. The Gamecocks, who will begin their day at 7:51 a.m. ET on No. 10, will be paired with North Texas and Texas.
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