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    SEC Golf Update - Tuesday, 3/26

    LSU’S PRESLEY EARNS FIFTH TOP 10 TO GUIDE TIGERS AT BULLS BAY GOLF CLUB

    AWENDAW, S.C. – Junior All-SEC and All-America contender Andrew Presley earned his team-leading fifth top-10 finish of the campaign by tying for seventh place on the leaderboard as he guided the Tigers to a fifth-place team finish following Tuesday’s final round at the ninth-annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate held at Bulls Bay Golf Club.

    After firing the lowest team score of Monday’s second round at 3-under par 285, the Tigers followed with a 12-over par round of 300 in Tuesday’s final round for a final score of 25-over par 889 to take fifth place overall in the 15-team field. They teed off on Tuesday with a one-shot lead over the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils.

    Duke took the team title by three shots over the NC State Wolfpack with a winning 54-hole score of 10-over par 874, including a team total of 4-under par 284 in the final round.

    Wake Forest followed in third place overall at 20-over par 884, while Missouri trailed in fourth place overall at 24-over par 888 for the championship. LSU rounded out the top five of the final team standings in fifth place among the 15 teams competing this week with its final team score of 25-over par 889.

    Presley posted a 54-hole score of 3-over par 219 to finish in a tie for seventh place overall as he followed rounds of 1-under 71 and even-par 72 on Monday with a 4-over 76 in the final round on Tuesday afternoon.

    It marked the second-straight top-10 finish for the Tiger standout as he finished runner-up on the leaderboard at the Argent Financial Classic on March 12. Presley has now earned three top-10 finishes in five starts this spring as he also tied for fifth place at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Feb. 19 in LSU’s spring opener.

    Presley also matched his career-high from a year ago when he claimed five top-10 finishes en route to a Second-Team All-SEC selection as a sophomore following the 2011-12 season.

    Sophomore Curtis Thompson set the pace for the Tigers in the final round as he wrapped up the even with a 1-over par round of 73 during Tuesday’s finale while tying for 17th place at 6-over par 222 for the week.

    Fellow sophomore Stewart Jolly followed Thompson in a tie for 22nd place overall at 8-over 224 while shooting a 3-over par 75 in the final round, while freshman Zach Wright recorded a 5-over 77 to finish the day in a tie for 33rd place at 11-over 227 and sophomore Myles Lewis added a 4-over 76 to finish the event in a tie for 43rd place at 13-over 229.
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    Gamecocks Close Out Hootie At Bulls Bay In Ninth Place

    AWENDAW, S.C. — The South Carolina men’s golf team claimed ninth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate after wrapping up the tournament with 54-hole total of 905 (+41) on Tuesday at Bulls Bay Golf Club.

    The Gamecocks took to the course early Tuesday morning to finish the second round, which was suspended on Monday due to darkness. Carolina completed the round with a total of 298 (+10) and then immediately began play in the third round on its way to posting a 291 (+3), which was the sixth lowest round of the afternoon. The Gamecocks finished three strokes ahead of rival Clemson (908).

    “The team played well today, and I’m proud of how well they responded to our struggles yesterday,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “Conditions were tough this week, and hopefully we will learn how to deal with such situations and be better for it going forward.”

    South Carolina freshman Matt NeSmith earned his third straight top-10 finish as he finished his second round with a 72 (E) and fired a final-round 70 (-2) to tie for seventh with a total of 219 (+3). A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith recorded four birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars in the final round. He has now finished tied for 10th, tied for third and tied for seventh in his last three tournaments.

    Senior Dykes Harbin came up two strokes shy of a top-20 finish. Harbin turned in a 77 (+5) in the second round and carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for 27th with a total of 225 (+9).

    Junior Caulder Moore was the next Gamecock on the leaderboard. Moore closed out the tournament with rounds of 74 (+2) and 75 (+3) to tie for 43rd with a total of 229 (+13).

    Sophomores Will Murphy and Caleb Sturgeon concluded the week tied for 58th and 67th, respectively. Murphy finished off the second round with a 75 (+3) and shot a 76 (+4) to close out the event with a total of 233 (+17). Sturgeon turned in an 80 (+8) in the second round before bouncing back with a 75 (+3) in the final round to give him a total of 238 (+22) for the tournament.