March 30, 2018
Men's Golf at the 3M Augusta Invitational
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- South Carolina travels to Forest Hills Golf Club for the 2018 3M Augusta Invitational this weekend to put a bow on its 2017-18 regular season. This year marks the 40th anniversary for the tournament.
It’ll be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, as the 15-team field will play 36 holes the first day. The Gamecocks will be paired with No. 21 UCLA and UCF in the first round.
The lineup remains the same from the Hootie at Bulls Bay earlier this week with only one change as sophomore Caleb Proveaux slides into the fifth spot in place of freshman Andrew Spiegler. Proveaux is fresh off a fourth-place finish in which he shot 7-under at the coveted 2018 Azalea Invitational last weekend at Charleston Country Club.
The Gamecocks used this same lineup three times in the fall en route to a team title at the Camden Collegiate Invitational, a runner-up finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic and a T-4th finish at The Jackrabbit
FROM THE COACH
“This has been a busy stretch for sure for us. We’re excited to get going again. It was a rough trip for us to Bulls Bay earlier this week. Just hope the guys are able to handle the quick turnaround and play some good golf this weekend. Our final round at the Hootie was better. This weekend is a great opportunity for Jake (Amos) and I to do some serious over-coaching.” -- head coach Bill McDonald
HISTORY AT 3M AUGUSTA INVITATIONAL
The Gamecocks will be making their 12 all-time appearance at the event and their first since the 2013-14 season. Carolina shot 869 (+5) that year and finished ninth out of 15 teams. This will mark the Gamecocks’ seventh appearance under head coach Bill McDonald.
McDonald led Carolina to its best ever finish at the event in 2010 when the team shot 833 (-31) en route to a runner-up finish in an 18-team field.
Two top-25 teams are in the field this week in No. 13 Illinois and No. 21 UCLA. The Fighting Illini recently won the BIGHORN Invitational after shooting 40-under par as a team. No. 28 Wake Forest and Carolina (No. 38) are the other top-50 teams in the latest Golfstat rankings in the field. No. 51 Tennessee, No. 55 UCF, No. 57 Kennesaw and No. 66 Houston sit just outside the top-50 of the most recent team poll released on Tuesday, March 28. USC-Aiken, the ninth ranked team in NCAA Division II, is also in the field this week.
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.
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.
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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