DALTON, Ga. -- The South Carolina men's golf team carded a final-round 294 (+6) to wrap up the Carpet Capital Collegiate in a tie for 11th place on Sunday at The Farm Golf Club.
The Gamecocks finished the weekend with a three-round total of 886 (+22). Senior Dykes Harbin and freshman Matt NeSmith both finished in the top 20 to lead Carolina, tying for 14th and 19th place, respectively.
"It was a frustrating week overall, but I was proud of how the guys fought back today," South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. "Dykes had a very solid finish, and Matt getting a top-20 finish in his first collegiate event is fantastic. I saw a lot of things to get excited about this week and I think this team will keep improving."
Harbin posted the low round of the Gamecocks on Sunday, shooting an even-par 72 to take his three-round total to 216 (E). The top-20 finish is the fifth of his career. A native of Augusta, Ga., Harbin recorded five birdies, five bogeys and eight pars on the day.
One of three newcomers on the South Carolina roster this season, NeSmith made a stellar debut as he closed out the weekend with a 3-over 75. The North Augusta, S.C., native tallied two birdies, five bogeys and 11 pars to finish with a three-round score of 219 (+3).
Sophomore Sean Kelly produced his best round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 as he finished in a tie for 68th with a score of 230 (+14).
Defending national champion Texas shot a final-round 292 (+4) to hold on to win the tournament with a total of 851 (-13). Georgia finished second with a score of 856 (-8), followed by Alabama (865), LSU (871) and Clemson (871).
Texas' Brandon Stone claimed medalist honors after shooting an even-par 72. He concluded the tournament with a total of 204 (-12).
The Gamecocks will have the rest of September off from competition before hosting the Rees Jones Invitational on Oct. 1-2 at Haig Point Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, S.C.
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS T14. Dykes Harbin 69-75-72=216 (E) T19. Matt NeSmith 72-72-75=219 (+3) T45. Caulder Moore 75-74-75=224 (+8) T66. Caleb Sturgeon 80-75-74=229 (+13) T68. Sean Kelly 80-77-73=230 (+14)
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