Gamecocks 13th Through Two Rounds at PING ASU Invitational
TEMPE, Ariz. — The South Carolina women’s golf team is in 13th place at the PING ASU Invitational after shooting a second-round 299 (+11) on Saturday at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
The Gamecocks, who have a two-round total of 590 (+14), will enter Sunday’s final round looking to make a charge up the leaderboard after dropping back three spots on Saturday.
Freshman Sarah Schmelzel led the way again on Saturday as she carded a 1-over 73 to move into a tie for 16th with a total of 143 (-1). A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Schmelzel tallied three birdies and four bogeys on the afternoon to put herself in position for a second straight top-20 finish.
Junior Suzie Lee matched Schmelzel’s 73 for the low round of the day for South Carolina. Lee wrapped up the day in a tie for 45th with a total of 148 (+4). Lee was 1-under through 12 holes before making a double bogey on the par-4 third. She made par on the final six holes to head into the clubhouse at 1-over.
Senior Meredith Swanson turned in a 75 (+3) on Saturday to close out the afternoon in a tie for 35th with a total of 146 (+2). Freshman Mary Fran Hillow and sophomore Justine Dreher carded rounds of 78 (+6) and 79 (+7), respectively. Hillow is in a tie for 66th with a total of 153 (+9), and Dreher is tied for 73rd with a total of 156 (+12).
Junior Samantha Swinehart, who is playing as an individual, shot a 79 (+7) for the second straight day and is in a tie for 76th with a total of 158 (+14).
Second-ranked Duke holds a five-shot lead over No. 3 Alabama with a total of 563 (-13). Top-ranked Southern California and Stanford are tied for third with a total of 571 (-5), followed by Arizona (572) and Arizona State (572). Duke’s Laetitia Beck and Alabama’s Emma Talley are tied for the individual lead with a total of 137 (-7).
Alabama Women’s Golf Second at PING/ASU Invitational
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 2 Alabama women’s golf team is in second place Saturday at 8-under-par 568 after firing a 4-under-par 284 in the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational on the par-72, 6,233-yard Karsten Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide is one shot ahead of top-ranked Southern California (-7, 569) and four shots behind third-ranked Duke (-12, 564) heading into Sunday’s final round. Stanford is in fourth at 5-under 571 after shooting 6-under 282 while host Arizona State and Arizona are tied for fifth at 4-under 572. The Sun Devils 7-under 281 was the lowest round of the day.
“We hit a lot of good shots, but just like yesterday, we didn’t convert very many putts,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “We didn’t take advantage of the par 5s the way we should have, but we also avoided big mistakes and made pars when we were in trouble. It is the kind of course where I feel like we should shoot a little lower, but we played pretty solid.”
Freshman Emma Talley continued her assault on the individual leader board with a second-round 69 to move her into second place alone at 7-under-par 137. The 137 is the lowest 36-hole total of the Princeton, Ky., native’s Alabama career. She is one shot off the lead of Southern California’s Rachel Morris (68-68/137).
Stephanie Meadow bounced back from a difficult-opening round with a 3-under-par round of 69 on Saturday to get to 1-under 143 for the tournament and move into a tie for 18th. The junior fired a bogey-free round that featured back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes and then a birdie-2 on the 153-yard 16th hole.
Junior Hannah Collier carded an even-par round of 72 with three birdies and three bogeys to give UA a solid third score. Senior Jennifer Kirby and sophomore Daniela Lendl both shot 74 in round two. Lendl is tied for 26th at even par while Kirby is tied for 35th at 2-over 146.
Alabama will play with No. 3 Duke and No. 1 USC in Sunday’s final round at the Karsten Golf Course. The Crimson Tide then returns home for the
Gamecocks Defeat No. 8 Georgia Tech in Dual Match, 3.5-2.5
ATLANTA, Ga. — The South Carolina men’s golf team closed out the regular season in strong fashion on Saturday, defeating eighth-ranked Georgia Tech in a dual match, 3.5-2.5, at East Lake Golf Club.
The teams had a perfect day to play on Masters Saturday at East Lake, which is the home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones and also serves as the Yellow Jackets’ home course. The Gamecocks held a 3-2 advantage with sophomore Sean Kelly left on the course in his match with Georgia Tech junior Bo Andrews, as the pair headed to the 18th tee box all square. Both golfers made par to halve the hole, giving Carolina the win.
“It was an exciting match, and I’m really proud of our team for pulling out the victory,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “Georgia Tech has a great team, and we were fortunate to beat them. East Lake Golf Club was in great shape, and the experience for our guys was invaluable heading into the postseason.”
Sophomore Caleb Sturgeon’s match with Georgia Tech sophomore Anders Albertson went to the 17th hole with Sturgeon leading 1 up. Sturgeon won the hole to win the match 2 and 1 and secure a point for the Gamecocks.
Freshman Matt NeSmith claimed a 2 and 1 victory over Georgia Tech freshman Shun Yat Hak. Freshman Will Starke cruised to a 5 and 4 victory in his match with Georgia Tech’s Michael Hines. Senior Dykes Harbin fell in his match with Ollie Schniederjans, 4 and 3, and junior Caulder Moore dropped his match with Tech’s Seth Reeves, 7 and 6.