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Sep 6, 2013

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ROCKY FACE, Ga. — The South Carolina men’s golf team posted a 302 (+14) on Friday in the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club to officially open the 2013-14 season.

The Gamecocks wrapped up the day in 12th place with two rounds left to play. No. 4 Georgia Tech leads the tournament after shooting an 8-under 288. Seven strokes separate South Carolina and the top five, as North Florida sits in fifth place with a total of 295 (+7).

Sophomore Will Starke carded the low round of the day for South Carolina, shooting a 1-over 73 to finish the round in a tie for 17th. A native of Chapin, S.C., Starke carded an even-par 36 on the front side and was 1-under heading to the 18th tee box. However, he double bogeyed the par-4 18th to close out the day at 1-over. Starke recorded five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey for his round.

Junior Caleb Sturgeon turned in a 3-over 75 and is in a tie for 33rd. After carding a 3-over 39 on the front side, Sturgeon had a solid back nine on his way to shooting an even-par 36. Sturgeon tallied three birdies and six bogeys on the afternoon.

Sophomore Matt NeSmith, a PING Honorable Mention All-American last season, shot a 4-over 76 on Friday to end the round in a tie for 43rd. NeSmith recorded a pair of birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

Juniors Will Murphy and Blaine Woodruff each shot a 6-over 78 and are in a tie for 58th. Murphy carded two birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey, while Woodruff finished the round with four birdies, four bogeys and three double bogeys.

North Carolina is in second with a score of 290 (+2), followed by Georgia (291), Clemson (294) and North Florida (295). Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans sits atop the individual leaderboard after firing a 5-under 67.

Second-round play is set to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Live scoring will be available here.

SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTST17. Will Starke (3)     73 (+1)T33. Caleb Sturgeon (1)       75 (+3)T43. Matt NeSmith (2)       76 (+4)T58. Will Murphy (4)     78 (+6)T58. Blaine Woodruff (5) 78 (+6)
TEAM STANDINGS1. Georgia Tech 280 (-8)2. North Carolina 290 (+2)3. Georgia 291 (+3)4. Clemson 294 (+6)5. North Florida 295 (+7)T6. LSU 297 (+9)T6. Kennesaw State 297 (+9)T8. Middle Tennessee St. 298 (+10)T8. Texas 298 (+10)10. Auburn 299 (+11)11. Wake Forest 301 (+13)12. South Carolina 302 (+14)T13. Tennessee 306 (+18)T13. Chattanooga 306 (+18)