Stevens Leads No. 17 Gamecocks in Round Two of NCAA Regionals
Senior T-5th at 7-under overall, Carolina four shots back of NCAA Championship cutline
PULLMAN, Wash. – No. 17 South Carolina is in seventh place, four shots back of the NCAA Championship cutline after two rounds of the NCAA Pullman Regional. The Gamecocks posted a 3-under round of 277 on Tuesday led by senior Scott Stevens, who fired a 4-under 66.
“It was a frustrating round to watch from my perspective,” said head coach Bill McDonald. “We made numerous mistakes from good positions most of the day and we managed to make a pretty easy golf course look difficult. Scott played well and Caleb hung in there, but we’re going to need a solid effort from all five tomorrow.”
Stevens is T-5th at 7-under for the tournament. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native had four birdies and an eagle. The only blemish on his scorecard was a double bogey at the par-3 13th hole. Stevens made the turn at 1-under (34) and shot 32 (-3) coming in. He drove the green at the par-4 15th and made a two. He closed strong with a birdie on 18 with another eagle attempt that was just shy of dropping in.
Junior Caleb Proveaux shot 69 (-1), tying for the team lead with five birdies on the day. The Lexington, S.C., native, made the turn at 1-over (36) and closed strong with a 2-under 33 on the back nine. He’s T-40th at 1-over for the tournament.
Freshman Ryan Hall also had five birdies as he carded an even par 70. The Knoxville, Tenn., native, got off to a slow start with a double on hole one after catching a tough break on his approach into the green. He bounced back with consecutive birdies at holes two and three. He made the turn at 1-over (36) and shot 34 (-1) coming in. Hall is T-31st at 1-under overall through 36 holes of play.
Senior Ryan Stachler was the final counting score with a 2-over 72. He finished strong with a short birdie make at the par-5 18th hole. Stachler is also T-31st at 1-under with Hall through two rounds.
Senior Will Miles had a nice start with two birdies in his opening three holes, but he shot 5-over the rest of the way to card a second round 73 (+3). Miles is 64th at 8-over for the tournament.
Carolina heads into tomorrow four shots off the pace for the NCAA Championship as the top-five teams advance to Fayetteville next week. The Gamecocks have the same tee times as today, with Miles leading things off on hole one at 11:25 a.m. ET.
R2 TEAM LEADERBOARD – 2019 NCAA PULLMAN REGIONAL
1. No. 20 Texas A&M – 537 (-23)
2. No. 5 Oklahoma – 540 (-20)
3. No. 8 Georgia Tech – 541 (-19)
4. No. 32 BYU – 543 (-17)
5. No. 41 Colorado State – 548 (-12)
6. No. 29 UCLA – 551 (-9)
7. No. 17 South Carolina – 552 (-8)
T-8. No. 44 Florida – 554 (-6)
T-8. Kent State – 554 (-6)
T-10. Purdue – 556 (-4)
T-10. Michigan State – 556 (-4)
12. Northern Colorado – 557 (-3)
T-13. Iona – 599 (+39)
T-13. Wright State – 599 (+39)
R2 GAMECOCK LEADERBOARD – 2019 NCAA PULLMAN REGIONAL
T-5. Scott Stevens – 133 (-7)
T-31. Ryan Stachler – 139 (-1)
T-31. Ryan Hall – 139 (-1)
T-40. Caleb Proveaux – 141 (+1)
64. Will Miles – 148 (+8)