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    SEC Men's Golf Roundup - Sunday, September 8

    Georgia Golfers Take Second At The Farm

    ROCKY FACE, Ga. -- The 11th-ranked Georgia men's golf team placed second in the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday at The Farm.

    The Bulldogs fired a final-round 5-under 283 to wind up at 8-under 856 for the tournament. Event host Georgia Tech claimed team honors at 14-under 850.

    Junior Nicholas Reach paced the Bulldogs on Sunday with a 3-under 69, followed by freshman Greyson Sigg at 2-under 70, and senior Joey Garber and sophomore Lee McCoy both at even-par 72. Senior Michael Cromie had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 2-over 74.

    Garber finished fourth individually at 4-under 212, five shots behind Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans and North Carolina's Bailey Patrick. Cromie took fifth at 2-under 214, while McCoy and Sigg were 20th at 2-over 218 and Reach wound up at 6-over 222.

    Playing as an individual, junior Sam Straka fired a 1-under 71 on Sunday to place 12th at even-par 216.

    "Our goal was to win the tournament, so we're disappointed that didn't happen, but we are leaving here with a lot of positives," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "Our guys put up some really good scores, especially in the second and third rounds. We'll build on the good things and keep pushing forward. I am really proud of the guys."

    The Bulldogs will return to action Sept. 20-22 in the Ingram Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.




    Gamecocks Finish 10th at Carpet Capital Collegiate

    ROCKY FACE, Ga. -- The South Carolina men’s golf team shot a final-round 297 (+9) on Sunday afternoon at The Farm Golf Club to finish in 10th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

    The Gamecocks wrapped up the weekend with a three-round total of 888 (+24).

    Continuing his solid play from the first two rounds, sophomore Will Starke recorded his second career top-five finish as he fired a 2-under 70 to conclude the tournament in a tie for fifth with a total of 214 (-2). A native of Chapin, S.C., Starke carded a team-best seven birdies to go with three bogeys and a double bogey. After shooting 1-over 37 on the front side, he bogeyed the 10th hole to start the back nine before playing the final eight holes at 4-under.

    Junior Caleb Sturgeon, who posted a 76 (+4) on Sunday, was the next Gamecock on the leaderboard as he concluded the tournament in a tie for 41st with a total of 224 (+8). He recorded a pair of birdies, three bogeys and a triple bogey on the afternoon.

    Sophomore Matt NeSmith turned in a 78 (+6) on Sunday to tie for 45th with a total of 225 (+9), while junior Will Murphy tied for 48th with a total of 226 (+10) after shooting a final-round 74 (+2). Rounding out the lineup, junior Blaine Woodruff shot a 77 (+5) to tie for 62nd with a total of 230 (+14).

    Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech won the tournament title with a total of 850 (-14), finishing six shots ahead of second-place Georgia (856).

    Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and North Carolina’s Bailey Patrick shared medalist honors after both finishing with a total of 9-under 207.

    The Gamecocks will return to action Sept. 22-24 as they will host the Rees Jones Invitational at Haig Point Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, S.C.




    UK Men’s Golf Finishes Fifth in Season-Opening Tournament

    SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The University of Kentucky men’s golf team completed the first tournament of the season with a fifth-place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate, as the final round wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Rich Harvest Farms.

    After a great first round of play, Rich Harvest Farms proved to be a tough matchup for the Wildcats during the final two days, who finished at 19-over (883) for the tournament. UCF took home first-place with a score of two-over (866).

    “We hung in there today and gave ourselves a chance to have a good round,” said Kentucky head coach Brian Craig. “We showed what we are capable of this week, but have many areas where we need to improve. It is time to get to work and prepare for Wolf Run. Congratulations to David Snyder for a solid event with two terrific rounds.”

    Coming into the final round, Snyder was sitting in good position in second place at five-under. However, the Somerset, Ky., native struggled on the final day posting a six-over 78. Snyder finished in a tie for ninth at one-over (217).

    Stephen Powers, a senior, had a third round of three-over 75 to finish his weekend. The senior finished tied for 12th at two-over (218) overall.

    Senior Ben Stow finished tied for 20th at five-over (221) for the tournament after a third round of four-over 76.

    The best round of the day went to senior Cody Martin who recorded a one-under 71. He regrouped after posting back-to-back 76’s during the first two rounds. For the tournament, he finished seven-over (223) and tied for 24th.

    Sophomore Harrison Greenberry finished the tournament with his best round of the weekend. Greenberry had an even-par round of 72 Sunday afternoon and finished at nine-over (225) overall, which put him in a tie for 33rd.

    Rounding out the Wildcat participants, junior Will Bishop tied for 47th at 12-over (228) for the tournament. Bishop had a third round score of four-over 76.

    Kentucky is back in action when the team travels to Zionsville, Ind., for the Wolf Run Invitational held Sept. 21-22 at the Wolf Run Golf Club.

    For more information on the University of Kentucky men’s golf team please visit UKathletics.com and follow on twitter @UKmensgolf. Fans can follow the action live at golfstat.com.




    Auburn Men’s Golf Finishes Sixth, Mondy Tied For Fifth

    AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 12 Auburn men’s golf team finished in sixth place at the Carpet Capita Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Dalton, Ga. Jake Mondy was Auburn’s highest individual finisher, shooting a final round 70 to finished tied for fifth at minus-5.

    “We played a solid final round today and we were close to finishing strong,” Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. “We have lots of work to do on our scoring irons if we want to complete for championships at this level. We have a young team and they will grow up fast this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun helping them throughout the year.”

    As a team, Auburn shot plus-11 for the weekend, finishing just one stroke behind fifth-place North Carolina.

    Monday birdied the ninth through 12th holes on Sunday en route to his final round 2-under score. After shooting a 75 on Friday, he shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday before Sunday’s 2-under 70 to finish with a three-day score of 214.

    Matt Gilchrest finished tied for 12th at even-par, shooting a 1-under 71 on Sunday. After birdieing the sixth on the front nine, he went birdie, birdie, eagle on the 10th through 12th holes. He shot a 72 on Friday, a 73 on Saturday and a 71 on Sunday for a three-day total of 216.

    Daniel Stringfellow shot a final round 74 to finish at plus-6 (222) on the weekend, tied for 33rd, while teammate Niclas Carlsson also carded a Sunday 74 to finish at plus-7 for the tournament, tied for 37th.

    Will Long finished at plus-20 after a final round 81.

    Victor Wiggins, playing as an individual, shot a 75 on the final day to also finish at plus-7.

    Georgia Tech won the team competition at minus-14 while North Carolina’s Bailey Patrick and Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans shared the individual title at minus-9 (207) for the weekend.

    Auburn returns to tournament action Sept. 21-22 at Wolf Run in Zionsville, Ind.




    LSU MEN’S GOLF CLIMBS INTO THIRD PLACE IN FINAL ROUND AT CARPET CAPITAL TOURNEY

    ROCKY FACE, Ga. – With senior Smylie Kaufman, junior Stewart Jolly and sophomore Zach Wright each breaking par in Sunday’s final round, the No. 9-ranked LSU men’s golf team posted the best team score of the day at 8-under par 280 to climb wrap up the 25th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic in third place in their 2013-14 season opener.

    Kaufman fired a team-low 5-under par 67 to set the pace, while Wright posted a 2-under 70, Jolly carded a 1-under 71 and junior All-SEC performer Curtis Thompson added an even-par 72 to LSU’s third-round score for a 54-hole team score of even-par 864 in their season-opening event held at The Farm Golf Club this weekend.

    Georgia Tech was the wire-to-wire winner at this year’s Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic as the Yellow Jackets scored a six-shot victory over Georgia with their final team score of 14-under par 850.

    The Bulldogs finished as the runner-up to their in-state rivals with a 54-hole score of 8-under 856, followed by the Tigers in third place at even-par 864, Clemson in fourth place at 1-over 865 and North Carolina rounding out the top five in fifth place at 10-over 874. Defending tournament champion Texas managed a ninth-place finish in the 14-team field with its final tally of 23-over 887.

    Jolly was impressive while opening his junior season with a third-place finish on the final leaderboard as he followed an even-par 72 on Friday and a 4-under 68 on Saturday with a 1-under 71 during Sunday’s event with a season-opening tournament score of 5-under par 211. It marked Jolly’s sixth top-10 finish as an LSU Tiger, and his fifth top-10 finish over the past two seasons.

    Jolly was just four shots off the pace as Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and North Carolina’s Bailey Patrick finished as the co-champions of the event with winning scores of 9-under par 207.

    Kaufman proved to be the star of the Tiger team in the final round while wrapping up the event with an outstanding 5-under 67 on Sunday afternoon that included eight birdies with one bogey and one double bogey.

    Kaufman fired out of the gate on the front nine while making back-to-back birdies at the par-four third and fourth holes to quickly drop to 2-under par for the day. He then birdied three of the last four holes on the front nine at the par-four sixth, par-three eighth and par-five ninth holes to make the turn at 5-under par for the day. That’s where he would finish his round as he traded birdies at the par-three 11th, par-five 15th and par-four 18th holes with a double bogey at the par-four 14th hole and a bogey at the par-four 16th hole to remain at 5-under par.

    Kaufman wrapped up LSU’s season opener in a tie for fifth place overall with a final 54-hole score of 2-under par 214 to earn his fifth career top-10 finish at the collegiate level with the LSU Tigers.

    Thompson posted his second-straight round of even-par 72 to finish the tournament in a tie for 23rd place on the leaderboard at 3-over 219, while senior Andrew Presley posted a 1-over par 73 on Sunday to tie for 37th place at 7-over 223 and Wright finished strong with a 2-under 70 to tie for 48th place at 10-over 226 for the weekend.

    The Tigers return to action next weekend with a trip to Spring Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa, as they face a tough test at the Golfweek Conference Challenge from Sept. 15-17. They will then host the fifth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate at the University Club in Baton Rouge on Oct. 5-6 before playing in this year’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla., from Oct. 20-22.




    United States Runs Away with Walker Cup, 17-9

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- The United States ran away with a 17-9 victory on Sunday over the Great Britain and Ireland team in the 44th annual Walker Cup Match at the National Golf Links of America.

    The Alabama contingent on the American squad was instrumental in the USA’s 35th Walker Cup Match victory. The Americans now lead the series 35-8-1. Mobile’s Bobby Wyatt led all scorers with 3.5 of a possible four points while Justin Thomas (Goshen, Ky.) added three points and Cory Whitsett (Houston) scored 2.5 points.

    Tide freshman and Dublin, Ireland, native Gavin Moynihan scored two of the GB&I team’s nine points. Moynihan lost 1 up on the final hole on Sunday to Patrick Rodgers.

    Wyatt got the scoring started in Sunday’s singles matches with a 4 and 3 win over GB&I’s Neil Raymond. He won the third hole and never trailed extending to 2 up on the 13th hole and then winning the 14th and 15th holes to close out the match.

    Thomas, who sat out the morning foursomes with a sore back, found his swing in the second match of the afternoon crushing Max Orrin 6 and 4 for the largest win of the entire 2013 Walker Cup Match. It was his final event as an amateur and a Crimson Tide player, as he plans to turn pro this week. Thomas won the first hole and never looked back, carding wins on the fourth, fifth, seventh, 12th, 13th and 14th holes for the win. He lost only one hole the entire match on the 11th.

    Whitsett got down as many as five holes through nine holes but battled back on the backside. He won three straight holes on 10, 11 and 12 and then cut the deficit to 1 up on the 16th hole. Whitsett halved the 17th with par but made bogey on the 18th to lose the hole and the match 2 up. He entered the match undefeated in three previous Walker Cup matches.

    Moynihan, a bright spot for Great Britain and Ireland, battled the world’s No. 5 amateur Rodgers even for 17 holes before losing on the 18th. He defeated Rodgers in Saturday’s singles matches.

    In the morning foursomes, Wyatt and Whitsett teamed together once again to tally USA’s first point of the day. The Americans took a 1-up lead with a win on the 15th hole. On the 17th hole, Whitsett hit his approach shot out of the rough within birdie range. Wyatt then sank the birdie putt to close out GB&I 2 and 1.

    “It’s a great feeling anytime you can add one on the board,” Wyatt said following the morning match. “The 15th hole was definitely a turning point; we won that hole with a bogey. That’s just a gift. Fortunately, we were able to take that and run with it.”

    Moynihan and Kevin Phelan came from four down for GB&I to hold off the tandem of USA’s Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge for a 2-up victory, winning the 17th and 18th holes. Moynihan leads all GB&I players with two points heading into Sunday afternoon singles.

    “We were 4 down and we hadn’t played that badly,” Moynihan said. “Then Kevin started hitting them close; iron play is the strength of his game.”

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