Play suspended at Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Gamecocks trailing No. 4 Georgia Tech 3-2-1 in semifinals
DUBLIN, Ohio — South Carolina’s semifinal match versus No. 4 Georgia Tech at the 2018 Jack Nicklaus Invitational was suspended do to lighting late Monday evening. The Yellow Jackets currently lead 3-2, with one match all square.
Senior Scott Stevens is all square with Luke Schniederjans in the lead match through 14 holes. Freshman Harry Corbin is up-1 through 13 holes. Senior Ryan Stachler has a commanding 3-up lead through 10 holes in the anchor match. Senior Will Miles trails by two (thru 13). Sophomore Andrew Spiegler (thru 12) and freshman Ryan Hall (thru 11) are each down three.
The Gamecocks advanced to the semis with an impressive 4-2 win in the quarterfinals against No. 20 Stanford earlier in the day.
“We played really well against Stanford and we were fortunate to beat a very talented team,” said head coach Bill McDonald. “We currently have our hands full with Georgia Tech, but our guys are looking forward to making up some ground in the morning.”
Carolina got wins from Stevens, Miles, Stachler and Corbin against the Cardinal. Stevens, who trailed for much of the front nine, dominated the backside of his match winning three consecutive holes for the 4&3 victory over Isaiah Salinda. Miles won two of his three final holes to defeat Ethan Ng, 2&1. Corbin birdied the par-3 eighth hole to complete a 2&1 victory versus David Snyder. Stachler sealed the match for Carolina with a 3&1 win against Brandon Wu from the anchor position.
Spiegler fell 3UP in a back-and-forth match versus Ashwin Arasu. Freshman Ryan Hall trailed most of his match before pulling within one with three holes to play. Harry Shimp won and halved the next two holes to win 2&1 over Hall.
Player’s marked their balls tonight prior to heading off the course and play will resume with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow. Due to previous travel arrangements made by competing schools, the place matches on Tuesday have been cancelled. The winner of Carolina’s semifinal match will be crowned co-champs with the winner of No. 10 Georgia and No. 13 Clemson, the other semifinal. The Bulldogs lead the Tigers 3-2-1 currently through nine holes.