Strong Final Round Propels Gamecocks To Third At Palmetto Intercollegiate
March 7, 2017
Round 1: 65
Round 2: 74
Round 3: 69
To Par: -2
Round 1: 73
Round 2: 72
Round 3: 71
To Par: +6
Round 1: 72
Round 2: 72
Round 3: 74
To Par: +8
Round 1: 80
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 70
To Par: +10
Round 1: 69
Round 2: 73
Round 3: 69
To Par: +1
AIKEN, S.C. — With the wind howling all day, South Carolina turned in the lowest final round at the 2017 Palmetto Intercollegiate, shooting 279 (-1), good for a third place finish and a final three-day tally of 845 (+5). The Gamecocks were the only team in the 18-team field to shoot under par in the third round, tallying the best team score by 10 strokes. Junior Keenan Huskey (T-4) and sophomore Ryan Stachler (T-9) paced Carolina with top-10 individual finishes.
Huskey shot 69 (-1) on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 2-under overall. He was on fire on the back nine, tallying four birdies. The Greenville, S.C., native, T-2nd in the field in scoring average on Par 5s at 4.00 (-6). Huskey’s top-five finish was his second of the season. He’s placed in the top-20 in five of the Gamecocks six tournaments this season. The 69 was Huskey’s 34th career round at par or better. Eight of his 18 rounds in the 2016-17 season have been in the 60s. The team captain finished tied for third in the field at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with 13 birdies.
Stachler’s top-10 finish was the first of his career. He was steady all day Tuesday, tallying two birdies and just one bogey the entire round. The Alpharetta, Ga., native’s two 69s at the Palmetto Intercollegiate are his third and fourth career rounds of par or better. Stachler finished third in the tournament field with 39 pars.
Freshman Jamie Wilson carded his second-straight even par round of 70. He had three birdies Tuesday and was able to bounce back from a poor opening round to finish T-36th individually in just his second career start.
Sophomore Scott Stevens shot 1-over (71) in the final round to finish T-26th. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, tallied 17 pars and just one bogey on Tuesday. He tied for the field lead overall with 40 pars for the tournament. Freshman Caleb Proveaux had another strong showing for the Gamecocks in just his second career start, finishing T-30th at 8-over. Proveaux shot 74 (+4) in the final round with three birdies.
No. 16 Clemson (-5) held on for a one shot win over No. 3 Virginia (-4) in the team race. The Tigers (289, +9) and Cavaliers (293, +13) both struggled in tough conditions in Tuesday’s final round, but their second round lead was too big for the Gamecocks to overcome. Virginia’s Derek Bard took home medalist honors after finishing 6-under (204). He shot 65, 69, 70 en route to the individual crown.
Quoting Coach Bill McDonald
“Jake (Amos) and I were wondering last night how we lost so many shots in yesterday’s afternoon round. The guys seemed a little down and worried about things. I was really proud with how they came out this morning ready to play and fought their tails off on a very, very difficult day. Today, as far as scoring goes, 1-under par is one of the best rounds we’ve played all year. Good way to finish the tournament.”
Stachler shot under par in two of his three rounds at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, finishing with a 69 (-1) on Tuesday. It was the sophomore’s first career top-10 finish, as he T-9th. He was key in helping Carolina gain some ground on the leaderboard in the final round. Stachler nearly joined Huskey at -2 on his last hole Tuesday afternoon, but he tallied the only bogey of his round on the tough Par 4 3rd for a 1-under finish.
- The Gamecocks tallied 39 birdies for the tournament and led the field with 177 pars.
- Huskey’s 13 birdies led the team at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Proveaux’s nine ranked No. 2 for Carolina in Aiken.
- Stevens and Stachler combined for 79 pars on their 108 holes.
- Huskey has already matched his most single-season top-5 finishes with two in 2016-17. He had two last season when he earned medalist honors at the Camden Collegiate Invitational and the Hootie at Bulls Bay.
Up Next for the Gamecocks
The team will have a short week of preparation as it heads to the General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on March 11-12. The Gamecocks won last year’s General Hackler with a final score of 841 (-23). Three-time All-American Matt NeSmith tied for medalist honors at 9-under.