Gamecocks Defend Title With Hootie At Bulls Bay Win

March 28, 2017

GAMECOCK SCORECARDS
Keenan Huskey
Round 1: 66
Round 2: 73
Round 3: 67
To Par: -10
Place: 3
Scott Stevens
Round 1: 74
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 71
To Par: -1
Place: T-17
Jamie Wilson
Round 1: 69
Round 2: 72
Round 3: 68
To Par: -7
Place: T-5
Ryan Stachler
Round 1: 73
Round 2: 71
Round 3: 73
To Par: +1
Place: T-30
Ben Dietrich
Round 1: 71
Round 2: 78
Round 3: 77
To Par: +10
Place: T-71
Team Standings
Pos. Team R1 R2 R3 Total
1. South Carolina 279 286 279 844 (-20)
2. Ole Miss 283 282 283 848 (-16)
T3. NC State 287 281 286 854 (-10)
T3. Auburn 284 293 277 854 (-10)
5. Georgia State 277 293 289 859 (-5)
6. Kentucky 287 287 286 860 (-4)
7. Purdue 285 290 286 861 (-3)
8. Missouri 287 287 288 862 (-2)
9. Kansas 288 290 285 863 (-1)
10. Virginia 281 295 288 864 (E)
11. College of Charleston 290 297 280 867 (+3)
12. Houston 286 293 296 875 (+11)
13. Richmond 288 291 302 881 (+17)
14. Charleston Southern 292 303 292 887 (+23)
15. Wisconsin 294 305 301 900 (+36)
Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: March 19-21

Location: Awendaw, S.C.

Course: Bulls Bay Golf Club

Par: 72

Yards: 7,363 yards

AWENDAW, S.C. -- South Carolina men's golf fired a final-round 279 (-9) to claim a four-shot victory at the 2017 Hootie At Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon. The Gamecocks, who won the event for the third-straight season, finished with a three-day total of 844 (-20).

Carolina junior Keenan Huskey closed his strong week at Bulls Bay Golf Club with a 5-under 67 on the way to third-place honors with a 54-hole mark of 206 (-10). The Gamecock standout, who finished two shots off the individual title, opened his day on fire, notching birdies on six of his first 11 holes. He made the turn at 4-under 33 before kicking off his back nine with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11.

Jamie Wilson marked the other Carolina golfer to grab a top-five finish, as the freshman placed in a tie for fifth at 7-under 209. He carded a 68 (-4) on day three in a round that was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth. Wilson shot par or better on each of his last nine holes and added birdies on Nos. 10 and 17.

Gamecock sophomore Scott Stevens finished under par for the second-straight day to end his week in a tie for 17th (215, -1). He posted a 1-under 71 Tuesday after turning in an up-and-down round that included five birdies and a pair of bogeys.

Fellow sophomore Ryan Stachler placed in a tie for 30th (217, +1) after shooting a 1-over 73 in the final round. He registered 15 pars on his day to go along with a birdie on the par-5 fourth. Redshirt junior Ben Dietrich finished tied for 71st with a three-day mark of 226 (+10), while sophomore Will Miles tied for 17th (215, -1) after competing as an individual.

Ole Miss earned runner-up honors with a 54-hole total of 848 (-16), and NC State and Auburn tied for third at 10-under 854 for the tournament. Ben Wolcott of the Rebels won individual medalist honors after posting a three-round mark of 12-under 204.

Quoting Coach Bill McDonald

"I'm really proud of how these guys handled themselves this week. It's one of the most gratifying wins I've had as a coach, and my hopes are that they use this experience to springboard into the postseason with some momentum. Ole Miss played some great golf too. They are one of the most talented and well-coached teams that we've played against in a long time. We were very fortunate to win, that's for sure."

Round Changer Keenan Huskey

Carolina junior Keenan Huskey found his stroke early in round three with six birdies over his opening 11 holes. Huskey's 14 birdies on the week led the Gamecocks.

Notable

  • Tuesday's win marked the 19th victory for Carolina under head coach Bill McDonald. McDonald is the program's all-time leader in wins.
  • With his third-place showing, junior Keenan Huskey notched his team-leading fourth top-five finish of the season.
  • Carolina freshman Jamie Wilson was tied for first in the field in par-3 scoring (2.93). His performance this week earned the Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native his first career top-five finish.
  • The Gamecocks paced the 15-team field in par-3 scoring average with a mark of 3.15.

Up Next for the Gamecocks

Carolina has an off week and will get back on the course at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate in Kannapolis, N.C., on April 8-9. It'll be the final event of the regular season for the Gamecocks before heading to the SEC Championship April 21-24 in St. Simons Island, Ga.