May 16, 2018
Men's Golf at 2018 NCAA Bryan Regional
BRYAN, Texas — South Carolina was unable to get the low final round it needed Wednesday at the NCAA Bryan Regional, as it shot 295 (+7) to finish 7th at 18-over for the tournament. The Gamecocks 2017-18 season ends just shy of the program's 21st trip to the NCCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.
Junior Scott Stevens played lights out golf in the third round, leading the team with a bogey free 4-under 68. He made the turn at 1-under, and carded a 3-under 33 coming into the clubhouse. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had it dialed in all round, coming up just shy on several more red number opportunities. All four of his birdies were tap ins. Stevens finished T-11th at 2-under for the tournament.
Senior Keenan Huskey posted a 2-over 74 in his final appearance as a Gamecock. The Greenville, S.C., native started the day four-over through six holes but bounced back nicely with a 2-under, bogey free finish over his final 12 holes. He finished the tournament T-35th at 6-over.
Junior Will Miles shot 75 (+3) and senior Ben Dietrich posted a 6-over 78 to complete the counting scores in the third round for Carolina. Miles made the turn at 3-over and shot even par down the stretch with two birdies in his final three holes. Dietrich, who had a trio of birdies in his final outing in Garnet and Black, finished T-40th (+7) and Miles T-57th (+11). Freshman Andrew Spiegler struggled to get it going, shooting a final round 83 (+11).
Top-seeded Texas A&M, the host school, shot its third consecutive 279 (-9) en route to a wire-to-wire victory at 27-under. No. 14 Clemson (-18), No. 11 Baylor (-7), No. 26 UCLA (+2) and No. 23 Kentucky (+10) rounded out the top-five that punched their tickets to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla. Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M earned medalist honors at 11-under after shooting a pair of 68s and a final round 69.
QUOTING COACH Bill McDonald
"Frustrating overall performance for sure. We got off to a pretty rough start, and I really thought the guys really fought their tails off. Scott Stevens had a heck of a round. I was with Keenan most of the day. He was real close to playing well. I think the guys will look back on this as a real missed opportunity because our games are right there. We just didn't get it done."
ROUND CHANGER Scott Stevens
Stevens tallied his team-best 24th round of par or better during the 2017-18 season in Wednesday's final round at the NCAA Bryan Regional. He had two eagle putts on par-5s coming down the stretch that came up inches short from going in the bottom of the cup. His T-11th finish marked his seventh top-20 of the season, tying him with Keenan Huskey for the team lead. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native led the team with 10 rounds in the 60s this season.
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