March 25, 2018
Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
AWENDAW, S.C. -- South Carolina shot even par (288) in the opening round of the 2018 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The Gamecocks were led by under par rounds from senior Keenan Huskey (-3) and junior Scott Stevens (-1).
Huskey tallied a field-best eight birdies en route to his 69, which has him T-4th individually. The Greenville, S.C., native, shot even par over his first nine holes and 3-under on the back nine. Huskey is T-4th heading into round two.
Stevens, who is T-21st, was steady and consistent carding just one bogey in the first round Sunday. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, was 1-over through five holes and shot 2-under the rest of the way with a pair of birdies.
Freshman Andrew Spiegler continued his steady play from the Valspar Collegiate Invitational with an even par 72 today. The Abingdon, Va., native, had four birdies which ranked second on the team in the first round. Speigler is T-34th in the individual standings. Junior Will Miles and sophomore Jamie Wilson each carded 76s and are T-60th.
Missouri shot 10-under (278) in the opening round and has a three shot lead over Kentucky, Iowa State, Kent State and Ole Miss, who all shot 281 (-7) on Sunday. Matt Echelmeier of Missouri has the individual lead at 5-under after shooting 67. 33 players in the 75-man field are within four shots of him.
QUOTING COACH Bill McDonald
"We continue to show some signs of improvement, and I'm glad the guys were able to finish strongly today. We still have too many loose holes as a group overall, but I feel like we're going in the right direction.”
ROUND CHANGER Keenan Huskey
Huskey was lights out down the stretch today during his round of 69, shooting 3-under on the back nine with five birdies. It marks his eighth round in the 60s during the 2017-18, tying him with Scott Stevens for the team-lead. Huskey now leads Carolina with 16 rounds of par or better this season. The Greenville, S.C., native has played well at Bulls Bay over the past two seasons, winning the tournament as a sophomore in 2015 and taking third last season. He’s well on his way to another top-five finish at the event.
The Gamecocks will be paired with No. 9 Auburn and N.C. State for round two on Monday. Will Miles will lead things off for Carolina at 9 a.m. ET on hole 10.
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