Oct. 16, 2017
Men's Golf at the Crooked Stick Invitational
CARMEL, Ind.. -- South Carolina sits in seventh place after day one of the Crooked Stick Invitational with a total score of 584 (+8). The Gamecocks struggled in round one (301, +13), but bounced nicely in round two (283, -5) during the afternoon thanks to under par rounds from senior Keenan Huskey, junior Scott Stevens and sophomore Caleb Proveaux.
Huskey sits in 11th place at even par. He led Carolina in round one with a 1-over 73. The Greenville, S.C., native, had three birdies, an eagle on the 530-yard par-5 ninth hole and was bogey free on the back nine. Huskey carded a 1-under 71 in round two thanks to five birdies for his 46th career round of par or better. He leads the team with eight birdies through two rounds.
After shooting a 6-over 78 to start the day, Stevens turned it around with the Gamecocks low score of the second – a 3-under 69. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, shot 1-under (35) on the front nine and a bogey free 2-under (34) round on the backside. Stevens leads the team with six rounds of par or better and rounds in the 60s so far this season with three. He’s T-30th at 3-over heading into the final round tomorrow.
Sophomore Caleb Proveaux carded a 2-under 70 in round two on Monday afternoon. The Lexington, S.C., native, had four birdies and just two bogeys shooting a pair of 1-under 35s. He shot 75 (+3) in round one and is T-18th at 1-over heading into the final round.
Junior Will Miles shot 73 (+1) in the second round and had two birdies and an eagle on the 540-yard par-5 11th hole. He shot 75 (+3) in the first round and sits T-34th at 4-over for the tournament. Freshman Andrew Spiegler was unable to get it going Monday as he shot a pair of 80s.
Purdue takes a five-shot lead at 8-under into the final round after carding a 277 (-11) in the second round on Monday evening. The Boilermakers low round is the best by any team so far through 36 holes. Georgia (-3), No. 9 Kentucky (-2) and North Florida (-1) are the only other teams under par in the field. Timmy Hildebrand of Purdue and Evan Yakubov of Indiana are tied for the individual lead at 5-under.
QUOTING COACH Bill McDonald
"We didn’t look read to play this morning at all. I have to do a better job of getting our team prepared. The guys looked more focused in the second, and we played a little better. This team is showing periods of good play, but we need to step up our game overall if we’re going to compete at a high level.”
ROUND CHANGER Scott Stevens
After shooting 78 (+6) in round one, All-SEC player Scott Stevens bounced back in a big way shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had five birdies and just two bogeys in round two. He was bogey free on the back nine with two birdies and seven pars. He birdied three of his first five holes Monday afternoon and one point sat at 5-under with four holes to go.
The Gamecocks will be paired with Indiana and Ball State for the final round on Tuesday morning. Freshman Andrew Spiegler will lead things off for Carolina on hole 10 at 9 a.m. All-American Keenan Huskey will be the final Gamecock off the box on No. 10 at 9:36 a.m.
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