Gamecocks Earn Runner-Up Finish at Augusta State
April 4, 2010
AUGUSTA, Ga. - South Carolina seniors George Bryan IV and Paul Woodbury tied for third place at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational on Sunday, leading the 17th-ranked Gamecocks to a second-place team finish with a sizzling 833 (-31) at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The Gamecocks shot 281 (-7) on the final day to get to an incredible 31-under-par for the tournament, but amazingly still finished 16 shots behind tournament host and third-ranked Augusta State, who shot 817 (-47) for the week. South Carolina's score of 833 was the fourth-lowest in school history after Carolina posted a school-best 18-hole score of 266 (-22) in Saturday's second round.
All five players in the Gamecock lineup finished at par or better for the week, led by Bryan IV and Woodbury at 206 (-10). Bryan posted rounds of 72-65-69 for the week to turn in his best score of the season by eight shots and earning his third top-five showing in 2009-10. Bryan had just one bogey on the day and carded four birdies to record his second straight round in the 60s. Woodbury broke par for the fifth consecutive round, going 69-67-70 for the week with a four-birdie, two-bogey effort - including a stretch of three straight birdies to start his back nine - on Sunday.
Wesley Bryan followed up his 65 on Saturday with a 71 (-1) on Sunday, finishing at 208 (-8) for the week and tied for ninth place. It marks the sophomore's sixth top-10 finish of the season. Bryan made the turn at 2-under after birdying the sixth, seventh and ninth holes, then dropped back to 1-under after bogey at the lengthy par-4 11th. He would then sandwich a pair of bogeys between birdies at 14 and 17 to stay at 1-under for the day and at par or better for all three rounds of the tournament.
Freshman Clint Tolleson finished under par for the week at 214 (-2), tied for 28th place after an even-par round of 72 Sunday. Tolleson was 4-over after 12 holes on the day, but he birdied the 13th to get back to 3-over. After three straight pars, he scrambled off a tree root on the 17th and made a strong birdie to get back to 2-over, then drove the green at the short par-4 18th and sank a 20-foot eagle putt to finish off an even-par round. Senior Patrick Rada improved by a stroke each day of the tournament, shooting 71 (-1) Sunday to finish at even par for the week; an eagle at the 17th got him under par for the day.
Following Augusta State at 47-under and the Gamecocks at 31-under, Duke was third at 843 (-21) with Clemson taking fourth at 845 (-19). The Jaguars swept the top three individual spots with Henrik Norlander taking medalist honors at 201 (-15), Patrick Reed finishing second at 203 (-13), and Mitch Krywulycz tying Bryan and Woodbury for third at 206 (-10).
South Carolina's team members will enjoy a nice reward for their efforts - along with the rest of the teams in this weekend's field - as they will attend Monday's practice round for the Masters at nearby Augusta National Golf Club before heading back to Columbia. The Gamecocks will look to keep their momentum rolling as they now begin preparations for the SEC Championship, which runs April 16-18 at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS