Hall Wins J.T. Poston Invitational, Gamecocks Take Second
Sophomore shot 199 (-14) en route to first collegiate win in record day for Gamecocks
SAPPHIRE, N.C. – Standout sophomore Ryan Hall played lights out golf on Tuesday, winning the 2019 J.T. Poston Invitational by one shot for his first collegiate win. As a team, South Carolina also played lights out but ultimately fell one-shot shy of tallying its first win of the 2019-20 season despite a record-setting day at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
Hall fired a pair of bogey free rounds with a 65 (-6) and 64 (-7) after opening with a 70 (-1) on Monday. The Knoxville, Tenn., native, had 13 birdies today in his climb up the leaderboard. His last bogey of the tournament came on the 16th hole of round one yesterday. With the team needing some birdies late to make a run at the tournament title, Hall answered the call with four birdies in his final five holes. His final round 64 is T-4th lowest score in program history. With a 54-hole total of 199 (6th lowest in program history) the last two days, Hall becomes just the fifth different golfer at South Carolina to shoot a sub-200 score.
As a team, the Gamecocks finished with the lowest 54-hole score in program history at 806 (-46), surpassing the previous mark set last season (813) in the team’s historic, 35-shot victory at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in mid-march. Carolina began play this morning with a 264 (-20) in an abbreviated second round that was suspended for rain on Monday. It was the lowest 18-hole score all-time and pulled the Gamecocks within a shot of eventual champion Georgia Southern.
The Gamecocks followed that up with a 19-under 265 in the final round this afternoon, T-2nd lowest 54-hole mark all-time at Carolina. Despite the Gamecocks’ low team score, the Eagles were able to hang on for the one-shot win.
Senior Caleb Proveaux had another outstanding week, matching a career-best finish as he T-2nd. He shot a new career 54-hole low of 200 (-13) with rounds of 67 (-4), 65 (-6) and 68 (-3). Like Hall, Proveaux was also bogey free in the second round. Fellow senior Jamie Wilson also logged a new career 54-hole low of 203 (-10) as he T-4th. Wilson went low with a new career-best 64 (-7) in round two.
Freshman Jack Wall T-7th for his first career top-10. He carded a new career 54-hole low of 204 (-9). Wall finished today with a bogey free 65 (-6), a new career-best. He and Proveaux tied for the field lead in par-4 scoring average this week (-8, 3.76).
The Gamecocks led the field this week with 70 birdies and tied for the field lead with four eagles.
Junior Jack Parrott shot T-37th with a 54-hole total of 212 (-1). Fellow junior Andrew Spiegler made his season debut this week playing as an individual. He T-52nd at 216 (+3).
2019 J.T. Poston Invitational Final Team Leaderboard
1. Georgia Southern – 805 (-47)
2. South Carolina – 806 (-46)
3. VCU – 832 (-20)
4. Morehead State – 834 (-18)
5. Central Arkansas – 841 (-11)
6. Charleston Southern – 843 (-9)
7. Belmont – 844 (-8)
8. Austin Peay – 846 (-6)
9. Western Carolina – 849 (-3)
T-10. Kennesaw State – 850 (-2)
T-10. High Point – 850 (-2)
12. Stetson – 853 (+1)
13. Western Kentucky – 856 (+4)
14. Florida Gulf Coast – 872 (+20)
2019 J.T. Poston Invitational Day One Gamecock Leaderboard
1. Ryan Hall – 199 (-14)
T-2. Caleb Proveaux – 200 (-13)
T-4. Jamie Wilson – 203 (-10)
T-7. Jack Wall – 204 (-9)
T-37. Jack Parrott – 212 (-1)
T-52. Andrew Spiegler* – 216 (+3)
*playing as an individual