Gamecocks finish T-4th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate
Ryan Hall fired a final round 69 (-3) to lead Carolina Sunday
ROCKY FACE, Ga. — South Carolina tallied a 3-under 285 in the final round of the 2018 Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday. Freshman Ryan Hall paced the Gamecocks with a 3-under 69, the low round of the tournament for the Gamecocks.
“We played really well today, but it’s disappointing to lose a few shots on the inward nine,” said head coach Bill McDonald. “Our freshmen had solid debuts this week, and I thought it was a good start to the season overall. We’re going to make a couple of adjustments to our lineup and get ready for another great event in Chicago next week at Olympia Fields.”
Hall had five birdies today, tying with senior Will Miles for a team-high in the third round. It marks the first career round of par or better for the Knoxville, Tenn., native. His 69 also marks the first round in the 60s for a Carolina player in the 2018-19 season. He shot 34 (-2) on the front nine and 35 (-1) on the back.
Hall climbed up the leaderboard to finish T-27th (+3) in his first collegiate tournament. He finished second on the team with 12 birdies this weekend.
Miles carded a 71 (-1), his third consecutive round of par or better, to lead the team with a T-11th (-2) finish. He had 11 birdies at The Farm en route to his 11th career top-20 finish. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native was bogey free on the front Sunday, making the turn at 3-under. Today’s under par round marks the 30th career round of par or better for Miles.
Senior Scott Stevens continued his steady play with an even par 72 in round three to finish T-16th (E). The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had three birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 1-under (35). He was 1-over down the stretch with pars on eight of his final nine holes. It marks the 22nd career top-20 for Stevens in his 38 starts at Carolina. He now has 60 career rounds of par or better as well.
Junior Caleb Proveaux (T-46th, +6) was the final counting score in the lineup with a 1-over 73. The Lexington, S.C., native made the turn at 1-over and shot even par down the stretch with two birdies and an eagle. Freshman Harry Corbin entered the day even for the tournament, and he stayed that way through nine holes. He made two double bogeys on the back nine and carded a final round 77 (+5). Corbin led the Gamecocks with 14 red numbers in his 54 holes at The Farm.
He T-41st at 5-over alongside fellow freshman Teddy Tetak, who was playing as an individual for the Gamecocks this weekend. The Limbach, Slovakia, native had a great final round Sunday carding a 1-under 71. He shot a bogey free 3-under 33 on his first nine holes.
Tennessee fended off No. 7 Georgia Tech in a playoff to win the team title. The Vols and Yellow Jackets each finished with 54-hole totals of 843 (-21). No. 2 Alabama finished third at 845 (-19). The Gamecocks finished in front of four teams ranked in the top-15 of the Preseason Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll — No. 6 Auburn, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 LSU, No. 11 Cal.
Bryson Nimmer of Clemson earned medalist honors with a one-shot win. He shot a final round 65 (-7) to finish with a three-day total of 206 (-10).
Carolina has a quick turnaround and will be back in action up north next week at the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational just outside of Chicago, Ill. The three-day event begins Friday, Sept. 14 and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 16. It will mark the Gamecocks first ever appearance at the event.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Tennessee – 843 (-21)
2. Georgia Tech – 843 (-21)
3. Alabama – 845 (-19)
T-4. South Carolina – 863 (-1)
T-4. Clemson – 863 (-1)
6. Auburn – 866 (+2)
T-7. LSU – 873 (+9)
T-7. Virginia – 873 (+9)
T-7. North Florida – 873 (+9)
10. Colorado State – 881 (+17)
11. Cal – 882 (+18)
12. Kennesaw State – 886 (+22)
13. Florida – 892 (+28)
14. Chattanooga – 894 (+31)
15. Dalton State – 914 (+26)