South Carolina had a few extra playing dates left on their spring schedule because of wash outs at other tournaments and the Gamecocks made the most of the opportunity.
USC used the opportunity to tune up for the SEC championship and add another team and individual win to their 2019 season record.
The Gamecocks claimed the championship at the Southern Intercollegiate on Monday at the University of Georgia golf course in Athens.
Not only did the Gamecocks win the one-day 36 hole tournament, but Will Miles added another individual win to his senior season.
The Gameock golfer from Hilton Head finished four shots in front of teammate Scott Stevens for medalist honors.
“It was a great day for the team and Will just played lights out in the second round,” said head coach Bill McDonald “Play was fairly slow today, but it was another excellent effort by our guys, he said.
The Gamecocks placed all four of their counting scores in the top-10. Caleb Proveaux finished in a tie for third with Ryan Stachler finishing in a tie for ninth place.
USC has been a team climbing in the ratings since the start of the spring portion of the season.
In addition to the three wins (Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, The Hootie at Bulls Bay and the Southern Intercollegiate), the Gamecocks also had a third place finish in a strong field at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational and a second place finish at the Augusta Haskins Invitational.
“This team has a lot of confidence, and we are very much looking forward to the SEC Championship next week,” said the USC golf coach.
Complete scores available at http://www.golfstat.com
Wofford and USC Upstate earn high finishes at Southern Intercollegiate
Two other Palmetto State teams had success in the tournament. Wofford finished in second place while USC Upstate tied for fifth place.
The Terriers were paced by Ryan Marter. The Wofford sophomore finished in a tie for third place after shooting rounds of 73 and 69 for a 2-under par 142 total.
“Marter played outstanding,” said Wofford coach Alex Hamilton. “Very happy for him. He played solid all day and had a great closing birdie to secure out second-place finish,” added the Terrier’s coach.
The second place finish was the best posted by the Terriers this spring. Finishing in front of 15th ranked Georgia playing on their home course was an added bonus for the Terriers.
“To beat Georgia at Georgia, let alone anywhere, is an incredible accomplishment. A top 15 team in the country with the legacy that they have is something to really be proud of,” said the Terrier coach.
The Terriers got top 20 performances from Walker Simas and Walker Jones who tied for 19th place to go along with Marter’s high finish.
“Incredibly proud of our guys today,” said Wofford head coach Alex Hamilton. “Unbelievable effort in some really difficult conditions. The greens were lightning fast and we had very high winds. Our guys showed great composure and patience.,” he said.
The USC Upstate Spartans continued their fine play in the spring by finishing in a tie for fifth place in the 17 team tournament. Upstate was led by Matt Carter and Reid Bedell who each finished at 1-over par 145 in a tie for 10th place.
Each team will begin conference tournament play later this week. South Carolina will be in action starting on April 24th at the SEC championship being played at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island.
The Terriers begin play in the SoCon Championship starting on April 21st in Pinehurst.
USC Upstate begins play in their first Big South Conference tournament starting on April 17th at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, SC.
North Greenville leads Conference Carolinas tournament
North Greenville moved up a spot to take over the lead after 36 holes at the Conference Carolinas championship.
NGU shot a second round even par total of 288 to move past King University and take over the lead with one round remaining in the championship.
North Greenville will take a 12 shot lead over the field into the final round on Tuesday at the Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Mountain, NC.
A pair of Crusaders lead the individual standings. Austin Duncan and Seth Robertson are tied at 3-under par 139. The two North Greenville golfers hold a 4-shot lead over Austin Schone from Barton College.
Live scoring for the Conference Carolinas final round is available at http://www.golfstat.com.