No. 15 Gamecocks Back In Match Play at the SEC Championship
South Carolina will face top-seeded Auburn in the quarterfinals Saturday morning
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — No. 15 South Carolina advanced to match play at the SEC Championship with an eighth-place finish in the stroke play portion of the event on Friday. The Gamecocks finished with a 54-hole total of 856 (+16), one shot in front of No. 12 LSU for the final match play slot.
Winds were steady at around 30 miles per hour at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course, making scoring conditions extremely tough. Ten of the 14 teams in the field shot double-digit over par today, with only one squad posting a red number.
Carolina had a tough stretch on the front nine and shot 20-over today, its first round of the year 300 or higher.
The Gamecocks were led by junior Caleb Proveaux for the third-straight day as he shot 71 (+1) to finish the tournament T-9th at 2-under. It’s the third top-10 of the 2018-19 season (fourth career) for the Lexington, S.C., native, in eight starts. Proveaux is making his debut at the SEC Championship this week. He bogeyed two of his final three holes after sitting at 1-under for most of his round today.
Seniors Will Miles and Ryan Stachler T-26th at 5-over for the tournament. Stachler shot 76 (+6) while Miles finished with a 77 (+7). Senior Scott Stevens was the final counting score for the Gamecocks with a 6-over, 76. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, didn’t register a birdie all round. He finished T-52nd at 12-over par.
Junior Jamie Wilson shot 78 (+8) and finished T-46th at 10-over.
The Gamecocks will face No. 16 Auburn in the SEC Match Play Quarterfinals on Friday morning. The winner advances to the semifinals in the afternoon, which will air on SEC Network+. The Tigers are the top seed after running away with the stroke play portion of the event. Auburn’s Jovan Rebula defeated teammate Graysen Huff in a playoff for medalist honors late this afternoon.
Stachler will lead things off at 7:30 a.m. ET on hole one against the Tigers Jacob Solomon. Click here to view the pairings for tomorrow’s matches.
STROKE PLAY FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD – 2019 SEC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Auburn – 816 (-24)
2. Vanderbilt – 832 (-8)
T3. Texas A&M – 843 (+3)
T3. Kentucky – 843 (+3)
T5. Tennessee – 846 (+6)
T5. Georgia – 846 (+6)
7. Arkansas – 855 (+15)
8. South Carolina – 856 (+16)
9. LSU – 857 (+17)
10. Ole Miss – 862 (+22)
T11. Missouri – 875 (+35)
T11. Florida – 875 (+35)
13. Mississippi State – 878 (+38)
14. Alabama – 882 (+42)
STROKE PLAY FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – 2019 SEC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
T9. Caleb Proveaux – 208 (-2)
T26. Will Miles – 215 (+5)
T26. Ryan Stachler – 215 (+5)
T46. Jamie Wilson – 220 (+10)
T52. Scott Stevens – 222 (+12)