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Sep 7, 2013

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ROCKY FACE, Ga. — The South Carolina men’s golf team made a move up the leaderboard at the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Saturday after shooting a second-round 289 (+1) at the Farm Golf Club.

The Gamecocks climbed four spots to eighth place with a two-round total of 591 (+15).

Sophomores Will Starke and Matt NeSmith led the way on Saturday as they both fired a 1-under 71.

Starke moved into contention for a top-10 finish as he is tied for 10th with a total of 144 (E) after recording four birdies and three bogeys on the afternoon.

A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith wrapped up the day in a tie for 23rd with a total of 147 (+3). He also carded four birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Junior Caleb Sturgeon turned in a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 33rd with a total of 148 (+4). Sturgeon finished the day with four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on his scorecard.

Juniors Will Murphy and Blaine Woodruff shot rounds of 74 (+2) and 75 (+3), respectively, on Saturday. Murphy enters the final round tied for 49th with a total of 152 (+8), while Woodruff is tied for 53rd with a total of 153 (+9).

Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech lead the tournament with a total of 569 (-7), followed by Georgia (573), North Carolina (578), Clemson (579), LSU (584) and Texas (584). Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans remained atop the individual leaderboard with a total of 134 (-10).

The Gamecocks are slated to tee off in Sunday’s final round at 8 a.m. and will be paired with Auburn and North Florida. Live scoring will be available at

SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTST10. Will Starke (3)     73-71=144 (E)T23. Matt NeSmith (2)   76-71=147 (+3)T33. Caleb Sturgeon (1) 75-73=148 (+4)T49. Will Murphy (4)     78-74=152 (+8)T53. Blaine Woodruff (5) 78-75=153 (+9)
TEAM STANDINGS1. Georgia Tech 280-289=569 (-7)2. Georgia 291 291-282-573 (-3)3. North Carolina 290-288=578 (+2)4. Clemson 294-285=579 (+3)T5. LSU 297-287=584 (+8)T5. Texas 298-286=584 (+8)7. Auburn 299-287=586 (+10)8. South Carolina 302-289=591 (+15)9. North Florida 295-298=593 (+17)10. Middle Tennessee St. 298-297=595 (+19)T11. Kennesaw State 297-299=596 (+20)T11. Wake Forest 301-295=596 (+20)T13. Chattanooga 306-296=602 (+26)T13. Tennessee 306-296=602 (+26)