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Carolina ready to defend title at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
March 24, 2018


TOURNAMENT LINEUP
Keenan Huskey
2017-18 Stats
Events: 8
Rounds: 24
Average: 70.88
Low 54: 201 (-15)
Low 18: 65 (-7)
Scott Stevens
2017-18 Stats
Events: 8
Rounds: 24
Average: 71.54
Low 54: 202 (-11)
Low 18: 65 (-6)
Will Miles
2017-18 Stats
Events: 7
Rounds: 21
Average: 72.52
Low 54: 216 (E)
Low 18: 66 (-5)
Jamie Wilson
2017-18 Stats
Events: 5
Rounds: 15
Average: 73.67
Low 54: 216 (E)
Low 18: 69 (-3)
Andrew Spiegler
2017-18 Stats
Events: 5
Rounds: 15
Average: 75.20
Low 54: 211 (+1)
Low 18: 69 (-3)

Men's Golf at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate

AWENDAW, S.C. -- South Carolina opens play at the 2018 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on Sunday in the Lowcountry. The Gamecocks have won the event the past three seasons, with All-American Keenan Huskey bringing home medalist honors in 2016.

It's another new lineup for Carolina this week. Huskey and 2017 All-SEC and PING All-Southeast Region selection Scott Stevens remain cogs in the Gamecocks' five. Junior Will Miles and Andrew Spiegler also remain in the lineup.

Sophomore Jamie Wilson is back this week in the No. 4 spot. The Mount Pleasant, S.C., native, returns home to a golf course he knows well -- he notched a career-best T-5th finish last spring helping Carolina to its third-straight title at the event.

FROM THE COACH

"We've been close to playing some pretty good golf actually, but the scores and results don't show it. We've always enjoyed going to Bulls Bay. Hopefully this week we can get things turned around. It's one of our favorite events. The golf course is owned by Joe Rice and the Hootie and the Blowfish band is involved with it. The atmosphere is incredible, and the golf course is always a lot of fun to play." -- head coach Bill McDonald

HISTORY AT THE HOOTIE AT BULLS BAY INTERCOLLEGIATE

The tournament began in 2005, and the Gamecocks have played in it every year since its birth. Under the direction of head coach Bill McDonald, Carolina has placed in the top-five seven times since 2008, winning the team title in each of the past three seasons (2015-17).

The Gamecocks were tied with Ole Miss after 36 holes last year, but went on to win by four shots over the Rebels thanks to a 279 (-9) in the final round. Carolina tallied a three-day total of 844 (-20), carding under par team scores each round. All-American Keenan Huskey finished third (-10) and Jamie Wilson finished T-5th (-7), the best showing of his strong freshman campaign. Scott Stevens also shot under par (-1) and finished T-17th.

Carolina ran away with the championship in 2016 winning by 15 shots as all five players in the lineup finished in the top-10 of the individual leaderboard. Huskey shot 11-under en route to medalist honors and his second win of the 2015-16 season. Only eight Gamecocks have ever posted two or more wins in a single season.

TOURNAMENT FIELD

It's a solid 15-team field this week featuring eight teams, including Carolina, ranked in the top-50 of the latest Golfstat team rankings. No. 9 Auburn headlines the group as the only top-25 team in the field. No. 31 Kentucky, No. 41 Ole Miss and No. 43 Missouri will be representing the SEC alongside the Gamecocks and Tigers.

HUSKEY WINS ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE

Senior team captain Keenan Huskey played lights out golf en route to medalist honors in the team's first event of the spring, the All-American Intercollegiate in Humble Texas, Feb. 16-18. The Greenville, S.C., native, shot a tournament record 201 (-15), fending off defending NCAA Individual Champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss in the final round. Thornberry is ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Huskey recorded zero bogeys in the tournament and led the field with 18 birdies. His 201 ties him for the fourth lowest score in school history. The 2017 All-American is now tied with Matt NeSmith and Carl Paulson for second on the all-time wins list with four career victories.

RECAPPING THE FALL

South Carolina had a rock-solid fall slate, finishing in the top five in four of the team's five tournaments. The Gamecocks won the 2017 Camden Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 21-22) for the third time in four seasons with a 12-shot win over runner-up James Madison. Carolina finished 1-over par with a 54-hole total of 841. The Gamecocks took second place in the team's final event of the fall in November, the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic (Nov. 3-5) in Hawaii. The Gamecocks shot a season-best 828 (-24), the fifth lowest 54-hole total in program history.

2017 All-SEC and PING All-Region selection Scott Stevens was outstanding in the fall, leading the team in scoring average (70.40), rounds of par or better (10), rounds in the 60s (7), top-10 finishes (3) and top-five finishes (2). The sophomore from Chattanooga, Tenn. finished T-3 at The Jackrabbit (Oct. 1-3) after shooting 205 (-11). He finished the fall with a bang earning runner-up medalist honors at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic thanks to a 202 (-11). His low score tied David Seawell for the sixth lowest 54-hole score in program history.

Fellow 2017 All-SEC and PING All-Region selection Keenan Huskey bounced back from a tough start to the fall in the season-opener at The Farm (Sept. 8-10) to finish in the top-15 individually at the team's next four events. His two top-10s were second on the team as he finished with a 71.40 scoring average during the fall slate. The senior captain from Greenville, S.C. had a team-best sixth place finish at the Camden Collegiate Invitational helping the team secure its first win of the 2017-18 season. Stevens finished the fall ranked 10th in the Golfstat SEC Player Rankings.

Junior Will Miles had superb fall after working hard in the offseason. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native ranked second on the team with a 71.20 scoring average. He was tied for second on the team with four rounds in the 60s. Miles tallied his second career top-five finish in helping the team to take second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Hawaii. He finished in fourth place after shooting a career-54 hole low of 204 (-9), thanks to a 66 in the opening round and a 66 in the final round. Miles and Huskey both ranked in the top-30 of the final Golfstat SEC Player Rankings for the fall.

Sophomore Caleb Proveaux, who started all five events alongside Huskey, Stevens and Miles, had two top-20 finishes and his first career top-10 at the Camden Collegiate Invitational (T-7th, +1). He tied for second on the team with eight rounds of par or better.

McDONALD'S 21

Gamecock head coach Bill McDonald is the winningest coach by tournament victories in school history with 21. McDonald broke the previous record of nine held by Puggy Blackmon (1995-2007) with Carolina's win at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in September 2014. McDonald captured a school-record five wins in 2014-15 and the team's third-straight title at the 2017 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate last spring. His latest win came this fall at the 2017 Camden Collegiate Invitational as Carolina won the event for the third time in four seasons thanks to three individual top-10 finishes.

UP NEXT

Carolina wraps up its regular season next weekend at the 3M Augusta Invitational. The first 36 holes will be played on Saturday, March 1 at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The tournament will conclude with the final round on Easter Sunday. The Gamecocks will be off until the SEC Championship on April 25-29 at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.


 

 

 

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