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Sep 8, 2013

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ROCKY FACE, Ga. — The South Carolina men’s golf team shot a final-round 297 (+9) on Sunday afternoon at The Farm Golf Club to finish in 10th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

The Gamecocks wrapped up the weekend with a three-round total of 888 (+24).

Continuing his solid play from the first two rounds, sophomore Will Starke recorded his second career top-five finish as he fired a 2-under 70 to conclude the tournament in a tie for fifth with a total of 214 (-2). A native of Chapin, S.C., Starke carded a team-best seven birdies to go with three bogeys and a double bogey. After shooting 1-over 37 on the front side, he bogeyed the 10th hole to start the back nine before playing the final eight holes at 4-under.

Junior Caleb Sturgeon, who posted a 76 (+4) on Sunday, was the next Gamecock on the leaderboard as he concluded the tournament in a tie for 41st with a total of 224 (+8). He recorded a pair of birdies, three bogeys and a triple bogey on the afternoon.

Sophomore Matt NeSmith turned in a 78 (+6) on Sunday to tie for 45th with a total of 225 (+9), while junior Will Murphy tied for 48th with a total of 226 (+10) after shooting a final-round 74 (+2). Rounding out the lineup, junior Blaine Woodruff shot a 77 (+5) to tie for 62nd with a total of 230 (+14).

Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech won the tournament title with a total of 850 (-14), finishing six shots ahead of second-place Georgia (856).

Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and North Carolina’s Bailey Patrick shared medalist honors after both finishing with a total of 9-under 207.

The Gamecocks will return to action Sept. 22-24 as they will host the Rees Jones Invitational at Haig Point Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, S.C.

SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTST5. Will Starke (3)      73-71-70=214 (-2)T41. Caleb Sturgeon (1)       75-73-76=224 (+8)T45. Matt NeSmith (2)       76-71-78=225 (+9)T48. Will Murphy (4)     78-74-74=226 (+10)T62. Blaine Woodruff (5) 78-75-77=230 (+14)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS1. Georgia Tech 280-289-281=850 (-14)2. Georgia 291-282-283=856 (-8)3. LSU 297-287-280=864 (E)4. Clemson 294-285-286=865 (+1)5. North Carolina 290-288-296=874 (+10)6. Auburn 299-287-289=875 (+11)7. Wake Forest 301-295-284=880 (+16)8. Middle Tennessee St. 298-297-289=884 (+20)9. Texas 298-286-303=887 (+23)10. South Carolina 302-289-297=888 (+24)T11. North Florida 295-298-300=893 (+29)T11. Tennessee 306-296-291=893 (+29)13. Kennesaw State 297-299-301=897 (+33)14. Chattanooga 306-296-297=899 (+35)