Oct. 1, 2012
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. -- The South Carolina men's golf team posted solid rounds of 295 (+7) and 296 (+8) on Monday in the first two rounds of the Rees Jones Invitational at Haig Point Club.
On a day when most teams struggled down the stretch, the Gamecocks made up some ground to end the second round to move into second place with a two-round total of 591 (+15), which is 17 strokes behind tournament leader Liberty (574). South Carolina sank eight birdies during their final three holes.
"It's going to be a big hill to climb but we have a chance on a golf course that is playing extremely difficult," South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. "We showed some fight at the end of the round to give ourselves a chance."
Senior Dykes Harbin is in contention for medalist honors after carding rounds of 73-71=144 (E). Harbin, whose second-round of 71 was one of only five rounds under par on the day, heads into the final round in a tie for third, trailing Liberty's Ian McConnell (142) by two strokes for the tournament lead.
After turning in a 3-over 75 in the opening round, sophomore Caleb Sturgeon made a move up the leaderboard in the second round with an even-par 72. A native of Laurens, S.C., Sturgeon is in a tie for 17th with a total of 147 (+3).
Sophomore Sean Kelly and senior Dean Hester, who is playing as an individual, sit just outside the top 20 in a tie for 27th. Kelly turned in rounds of 74-79=153 (+9), and Hester shot rounds of 78-75=153.
Liberty opened the day with a 284 (-4), which is the second lowest 18-hole score in tournament history, and followed it up with a 290 (+2) to extend its lead. Winthrop is in third with a score of 594 (+18), followed by East Carolina (601) and Charlotte (602).
Final-round play is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. The Gamecocks will be paired with Liberty and Winthrop and will tee off on the first four holes. Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com.
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS T3. Dykes Harbin 73-71=144 (E) T7. Caleb Sturgeon 75-72=147 (+3) T19. Matt NeSmith 73-78=151 (+7) T19. Will Murphy 76-75=151 (+7) T27. Sean Kelly 74-79=153 (+9) *T27. Dean Hester 78-75=153 (+9) *Playing as an individual
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