Nov. 5, 2017
Men's Golf at Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- South Carolina finished its fall season in Hawaii this weekend with a bang, taking second place at the 2017 Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic after shooting the fifth lowest 54-hole total in program history (828, -24). The Gamecocks shot 281 (-3) in the final round Sunday, led by junior Will Miles' 5-under round of 66.
Carolina had a chance making the turn at 9-under for the day, but No. 12 LSU held on for the seven shot win down the stretch in windy conditions. Junior Scott Stevens earned runner-up medalist honors, matching a career-best finish thanks to a final round 69 (-2). The 2017 PING All-Southeast region selection shot in the 60s all three days, matching a career 18-hole low in the second round with a 65 (-6). Stevens hit two great putts on birdie attempts on 17 and 18 that just missed as K.K. Limbhasut of California held on for the one-shot win.
Miles finished just behind Stevens with a 54-hole total of 204 (-9) for his second top-five in Garnet and Black. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native, shot 66 twice this week which matched a career 18-hole low. He finished the tournament with 12 birdies and tied for the field lead with two eagles.
Senior Keenan Huskey also had a strong tournament for the Gamecocks as he T-14th at 4-under par with a 54-hole total of 209. The team captain from Greenville, S.C. carded a 1-over 72 Sunday and tied Miles for second on the team with 12 birdies this weekend. Sophomore Jamie Wilson was the other counting score for Carolina in the final round, with a 3-over 74. He finished T-72nd in the 115-player field with a 54-hole total of 223 (+10). Fellow sophomore Caleb Proveaux carded a 78 (+7) in the final round to finish T-49th with a total score of 219 (+6)
QUOTING COACH Bill McDonald
"We fought hard today and had a chance to win with nine holes left or so. We lost a few coming to the house, but overall it was a great finish and a really experience for the guys. Scott played extremely well all week, and Will's round today was very impressive. It was a good fall for us, and these guys just keep improving."
ROUND CHANGER Scott Stevens
Stevens was stellar from start to finish in Hawaii this weekend, shooting 65-68-69 on the par-71 Royal Ka'anapali Course en route to runner-up medalist honors. His 202 total tied All-American David Seawell (1996 Gator Invitational) for the sixth lowest 54-hole score in program history. In the last two seasons, Stevens has tallied three of the seven lowest 54-hole schools all-time at South Carolina. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, shot the third lowest score all-time with a 198 en route to runner-up medalist honors at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate last fall. Stevens finishes the fall as the team-leader in scoring average (70.33), rounds of par or better (10) and top-five finishes (2).
The Gamecocks will have the next few months off before kicking off their strong spring schedule. Carolina will open with the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston again for the third consecutive season Feb. 16-18.
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