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Gamecocks Advance to NCAA Championship Fourth Round
GAMECOCK SCORECARDS
Sean Kelly
Round 1: 75
Round 2: 73
Round 3: 72
To Par: +10
Place: T-85th
Matt NeSmith
Round 1: 75
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 71
To Par: +6
Place: T-50th
Will Starke
Round 1: 67
Round 2: 72
Round 3: 79
To Par: +8
Place: T-67th
Keenan Huskey
Round 1: 70
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 76
To Par: +6
Place: T-50th
Scott Stevens
Round 1: 75
Round 2: 78
Round 3: 74
To Par: +17
Place: T-137th

Team Standings

Pos. Team R1 R2 R3 Total
1. Vanderbilt 283 280 282 845 (+5)
2. Texas 289 281 277 847 (+7)
3. Southern California 283 282 285 850 (+10)
4. LSU 286 282 283 851 (+11)
5. Oregon 291 277 284 852 (+12)
6. Arkansas 282 284 289 855 (+15)
7. Arizona State 290 281 286 857 (+17)
8. California 287 284 287 858 (+18)
T9. Oklahoma State 285 289 285 859 (+19)
T9. Illinois 290 280 289 859 (+19)
11. Kentucky 289 286 288 863 (+23)
12. South Carolina 287 285 293 865 (+25)
13. Florida 286 287 293 866 (+26)
T14. Oklahoma 290 288 289 867 (+27)
T14. Louisville 291 282 294 867 (+27)
T14. TCU 282 299 286 CUT - 867 (+27)
T14. Clemson 291 284 292 CUT - 867 (+27)
T14. Georgia 291 284 292 CUT - 867 (+27)
T19. Houston 296 287 285 CUT - 868 (+28)
T19. Florida State 285 294 289 CUT - 868 (+28)
T19. Auburn 294 281 293 CUT - 868 (+28)
22. Virginia 292 294 283 CUT - 869 (+29)
T23. Wake Forest 289 289 293 CUT - 871 (+31)
T23. Alabama 290 279 302 CUT - 871 (+31)
25. San Diego State 283 292 297 CUT - 872 (+32)
26. South Florida 291 294 291 CUT - 876 (+36)
27. Baylor 293 296 291 CUT - 880 (+40)
28. Stanford 292 294 298 CUT - 884 (+44)
29. Purdue 299 305 294 CUT - 898 (+58)
30. UAB 294 305 303 CUT - 902 (+62)
Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: May 27-June 1

Location: Eugene, Ore.

Course: Eugene Country Club

Par: 70

Yards: 7,014

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of South Carolina Men's Golf team qualified for the fourth round at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship as they finished the opening 54-hole portion of the event in 12th place with a team score of 865 (+25). The Gamecocks shot a score of 293 (+13) in the third round and made the 54-hole cut by two strokes.

The Gamecocks entered the day in 11th place and went out with the morning groups as one of the top 15 teams on the 36-hole leaderboard. South Carolina stood in 21st position at the conclusion of their round but gradually moved up the standings as the afternoon went on, eventually settling in 12th place.

Vanderbilt leads the team standings after three days at Eugene Country Club, with a score of 845 (+5). Texas (847, +7) is two strokes back, while Southern California (850, +10) sits in third place.

The field will be trimmed to eight teams after Monday's round, and the Gamecocks have some ground to make up in order to qualify for the match play portion of the Championship. California currently owns eighth place, at 858 (+18); the Gamecocks are seven strokes back.

South Carolina was able to advance thanks in large part to their tremendous play on Eugene Country Club's back nine, the harder of the two halves this week. The Gamecocks started on the 10th hole Sunday and thus played the back nine first; they made the turn at 3-over, their best effort on the side this week.

Matt NeSmith shot South Carolina's best round of the day, a 71 (+1) that has the senior at 216 (+6) through three days. NeSmith strung four birdies together on Sunday, including consecutive under-par holes on the 4th and 5th. He is tied for 50th place.

Keenan Huskey shares the 50th spot with NeSmith after notching a score of 216 (+6) through three rounds. Huskey shot 76 (+6) on Sunday, which included a pair of birdies.

NeSmith and Huskey are 12 strokes behind the individual leader, Oregon's Aaron Wise (204, -6).

Senior Will Starke is in a tie for 67th place after 54 holes, with a cumulative score of 218. The Chapin, S.C., native shot 79 (+9) in his third round.

Sean Kelly posted his best round of the tournament on Sunday, a 72 (+2). The senior is tied for 85th position after three rounds of action. His Sunday round included three birdies, and he was one of the day's fastest risers, moving up 16 spots on the leaderboard.

Like Kelly, freshman Scott Stevens ended Sunday with his best effort of the week, a 74 (+4) that included three birdies. In his first career NCAA Championship appearance, Stevens is tied for 137th through 54 holes, with a score of 227 (+17).

Quoting Coach Bill McDonald

"It was a frustrating day in that we got off to a good start on some very tough holes and then played the back nine 10-over. The golf course is just playing so tough that any little mistake gets magnified. We are fortunate to be in the race to eight tomorrow, and I know the guys will give it all they have."

Round Changer

NeSmith saved some of his best holes of the tournament for the final nine on Sunday. The senior carded birdies on the 4th, 5th, and 8th holes to help the Gamecocks advance to the fourth round. Huskey also birdied the 8th as the Gamecocks moved on to Monday's action.

Notable

  • NeSmith and Huskey were named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team on Sunday. The All-Region honor is NeSmith's fourth and Huskey's first.
  • The Gamecocks are guaranteed to finish in the top 15 at the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive season and the eighth time in program history.
  • This is the first time in South Carolina history that the Gamecocks have collected three straight top 15 results at the NCAA Championship.

Up Next for the Gamecocks

The Gamecocks will tee off from the 10th hole at 12:20 p.m. PT on Monday alongside Illinois and Kentucky. Live television coverage begins at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Golf Channel, and live scoring is available throughout the day on Golfstat.com.


 

 

 

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