Stevens paces No. 24 Gamecocks in R1 at Isleworth
Senior is T-15th after shooting a 1-under 71 on Sunday
WINDERMERE, Fla. — No. 24 South Carolina shot an opening round 295 (+7) on Sunday at the 2018 Tavistock Collegiate Invitational. The Gamecocks were the first group off this morning alongside West Virginia and No. 25 Cal.
“We struggled with a couple of high scores, but overall we played a pretty solid round today,” said head coach Bill McDonald. “We’re going to have get everyone contributing if we’re going to make a move over the next couple of days. I’ve been impressed with how these guys have looked this week and I’m expecting better play tomorrow.”
Senior Scott Stevens paced Carolina with a 1-under 71. He sits T-15th, one of 26 players in the 75-man field to post a red number. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had just one bogey on the par-4 ninth hole. He shot a 2-under 34 on the back nine, finishing with a birdie on the par-4 18th hole.
Freshman Ryan Hall is T-27th after shooting even par (72) with a pair of 36s and three birdies in the opening round. Senior Will Miles also posted a solid number with a 1-over 73, leading the team with four birdies. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native was 4-over through 10 holes, but finished strong shooting 3-under coming into the clubhouse.
The Gamecocks were hurt on Sunday by two high scores, one of which counted in the lineup. Freshman Harry Corbin shot 79 (+7), and senior Ryan Stachler shot 80 (+8). Stachler is making his stroke play debut for Carolina in the 2018-19 season this week at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
No. 13 Vanderbilt jumped out to a sizable lead with an impressive 274 (-12) in the first round. They’re in front of the rest of the field by eight shots heading into tomorrow. The Commodores’ Will Gordon has the individual lead after shooting a lights out, 8-under 64 on Sunday.
Stachler will lead things off for the Gamecocks in the second round on Monday at 9:15 a.m. ET on hole 10. Carolina will be paired with UCF and North Texas.
R1 TEAM STANDINGS – 2018 TAVISTOCK COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
1. Vanderbilt – 276 (-12)
T-2. Auburn – 284 (-4)
T-2. Cal – 284 (-4)
4. Texas Tech – 285 (-3)
T-5. Florida – 286 (-2)
T-5. Illinois – 286 (-2)
T-7. Washington – 287 (-1)
T-7. Arizona State – 287 (-1)
T-9. Texas – 288 (E)
T-9. West Virginia – 288 (E)
11. LSU – 292 (+4)
12. Augusta – 293 (+5)
13. South Carolina – 295 (+7)
14. UCF – 296 (+8)
15. North Texas – 304 (+16)