Gamecock Men Advance To Match Play At SEC Championship
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — South Carolina locked up a spot in the first ever match play portion of the 2017 SEC Men’s Golf Championship on Saturday after shooting a final round 280 (E). The Gamecocks (5 seed) will face No. 6 Florida (4 seed) in the quarterfinals of match play Sunday morning. Freshman Jamie Wilson was spectacular in the third round, shooting a new 18-hole career low 66 (-4) to finish T-16th in his conference tournament debut.
The Mount Pleasant, S.C., native, jolted up the leaderboard with his low score, climbing 19 spots on the final day. He shot 1-over for the tournament. Wilson led the team with six birdies on Saturday. He shot a bogey free 32 (-3) on the front nine and a 1-under 34 on the back.
Keenan Huskey finished T-9th in his second SEC Championship appearance after shooting 3-under for the tournament. The Greenville, S.C., native shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday. After posting three bogeys on the front nine. Huskey was bogey free down the backstretch with two birdies. He leads the team this season with 20 rounds of par or better. Huskey surpassed a single-season high set last season with his sixth top-10 finish of the year today.
Sophomore Scott Stevens carded a 1-over 71 to finish T-23rd in his second career appearance at the conference meet. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native, was 1-over heading into the final nine holes and shot 35 (E) on the back nine. He made a huge eight foot birdie putt on the Par 3 17th.
Sophomore Will Miles made the turn at 6-over today but bounced back in a big way on the back nine, grinding out a 1-under 34 with three birdies. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native, T-53rd at 11-over par. Fellow sophomore Ryan Stachler shot an 81 (+11) in the third round to finish T-64th. Both players were making their SEC Championship debuts.
No. 3 Vanderbilt shot a final round 272 (-8) to run away with first place in the stroke play portion of the event and earn the top seed in match play. No. 15 Texas A&M was the runner-up at 5-under. No. 7 LSU shot 3-under and fended off the sixth-ranked Gators for third. 18th-ranked Alejandro Tosti of Florida took home medalist honors after defeating 12th ranked Patrick Martin of Vanderbilt in a sudden-death playoff on the second hole.