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    SEC Golf Today: Sunday, September 29

    Gamecocks Take Lead at Badger Invitational Behind Sturgeon’s 65

    VERONA, Wis. -- Junior Caleb Sturgeon fired a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Badger Invitational on Sunday to help the South Carolina men’s golf team take the lead at University Ridge Golf Course.

    The Gamecocks hold a four-stroke lead over USC Upstate with a total of 282 (-6). Sturgeon sits atop the individual leaderboard with a four-shot lead over Xavier’s Matt Gerard, who shot a 69 (-3). Sturgeon’s round matches a career low and is a University Ridge men’s collegiate course record as well as a Badger Invitational record.

    “We played well today, and I’m very proud of Caleb for his effort,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “We need to come out aggressive again tomorrow and play with the same intensity we displayed today.”

    A native of Laurens, S.C., Sturgeon is one of three Gamecocks in the top 20. Sophomore Matt NeSmith and junior Will Murphy are in a tie for 18th after each shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday.

    Making his first collegiate start, freshman Ben Dietrich carded a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 27th, while sophomore Will Starke is in a tie for 77th after posting a 77 (+5).

    Xavier, Missouri-Kansas City and Illinois State are tied for third after shooting a 1-under 287, followed by Austin Peay (290) and Kanas State (290).

    The Gamecocks will be paired with Wisconsin and Marquette in the second round and will tee off beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Monday. Live scoring is not available for this tournament, but results will be posted at after each round.

    Bulldogs In Sixth Place After Day One Of Jack Nicklaus Invitational

    Columbus, Ohio. -- Mississippi State’s senior duo of Chad Ramey and Joe Sakulpolphaisan each shot a 4-over 146 on Sunday to pace the Bulldogs to sixth after the first two rounds of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

    MSU shot a 24-over 592 Sunday, leaving the Bulldogs a stroke behind No. 24 Kent State for fifth place at the Scarlett Course going into Monday’s final 18 holes.

    Ramey tied with Sakulpolphaisan for 16th after two rounds.

    “I thought we started the day a little timid and uptight and because of that, we missed too many putts and didn't convert enough up and down opportunities,” Coach Clay Homan said. “We settled into our second round and played a bit better, but we have to get off to better starts. I was really pleased the way Joe finished up his second round making two consecutive birdies.

    Sophomore Ben Wood enters Monday one stroke shy of the Top 25 after carding a 7-over 149.

    Senior Barrett Edens carded a 9-over 151 to place 31st, while true freshman Jackson Dick fired off a 15-over 157 in his first action as a Bulldog to sit in 51st place.

    Homan’s squad will tee off Monday’s final round at 8:15 a.m. alongside Purdue and Kent State.

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