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Oct. 4, 2011

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October 4, 2011
Coach McDonald

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. — The South Carolina men’s golf team posted a final-round 300 (+12) on Tuesday at the Rees Jones Signature Course at Haig Point Club to finish in second at the Rees Jones Invitational. The Gamecocks wrapped up the event with a three-round score of 898 (+34).

South Carolina came up just short of winning their third title in four years at the event, finishing four strokes behind champion Kennesaw State. The Owls shot 289 (+1) on Tuesday to win their second straight Rees Jones Invitational with a score of 894 (+30).

Freshman Sean Kelly produced the best round of the day for the Gamecocks as he fired a final-round 70 (-2) to claim third place with a score of 220 (+4).

“We played well. Starting (Monday) afternoon we had a good run,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “I’m really proud of Sean Kelly. He shot 81 on Monday and came back with a 69 and a 70 to finish third. All the credit goes to Kennesaw State. They shot 1-over today. That’s just really an amazing round. They deserve to be the champions, but I’m proud of our guys.”

Junior Dykes Harbin turned in a 77 (+5) to give the Gamecocks a second top-10 finisher as he closed out the event with a three-round score of 222 (+6) to tie for seventh. Sophomore Blaine Woodruff carded a 76 (+4) to tie for 26th with a score of 229 (+13).

After two stellar rounds to open his Gamecock career, freshman Caleb Sturgeon struggled on Tuesday, turning in an 81(+9) to fall back to a tie for 33rd. Junior Dean Hester recorded his lowest round of the tournament with a 77 (+5) to tie for 57th with a 241 (+25).

Junior Clint Tolleson, who played the event as an individual, posted a final-round 81 (+9) and finished tied for 53rd with a score of 239 (+23).

Iowa State’s Nate McCoy claimed medalist honors after a final-round 72 (E). McCoy finished the event with a tournament-record 210 (-6).

Wake Forest and Iowa State finished in a tie for third with scores of 900 (+36), followed by Liberty with a 906 (+42).

The Gamecocks return to action on Oct. 29 in the Bridgestone Wyndham Collegiate at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

3. Sean Kelly 81-69-70=220
T 7. Dykes Harbin 72-73-77=222
T 26. Blaine Woodruff 78-75-76=229
T 33. Caleb Sturgeon 74-76-81=231
T 57. Dean Hester 84-80-77=241
*T 53 Clint Tolleson 77-81-81=239
*Played as an individual

1. Kennesaw St. Univ. 310-295-289=894 (+30)
2. South Carolina 305-293-300=898 (+340
T3. Wake Forest Univ. 306-296-298=900 (+36)
T3. Iowa State 298-296-306=900 (+36)
5. Liberty University 306-300-300=906 (+42)
6. Chattanooga 306-302-301=909 (+45)
7. Georgia State Univ. 301-302-308=911 (+47)
8. So. Florida, U. of 297-315-302=914 (+50)
T9. UNCW 311-307-301=919 (+55)
T9. Michigan State Univ, 306-302-311=919 (+55)
11. Charleston Southern 322-301-312=935 (+71)
12. Winthrop University 313-318-308=939 (+75)
13. Jacksonville Univ. 324-307-312=943 (+79)