Gamecocks remain in tie for 20th at NCAA Championship

The sixth-ranked South Carolina men’s golf team remained firmly in the mix to make the third-round cut at the NCAA Championship after posting a second-round 298 (+10) on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club.

The Gamecocks will head into the third round in a tie for 20th with a total of 599 (+23). At the conclusion of Sunday’s third round, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top nine individuals not on those teams for a fourth round of stroke play, which will determine the top eight teams for match play and the 72-hole individual champion.

South Carolina finished the second round just five strokes outside the top 15 and 10 strokes outside the top eight. Oregon, Texas and Virginia are tied for 14th with a total of 594 (+18), while San Diego State and TCU are tied for eighth with a total of 589 (+13). Southern California moved up two spots to take the lead with a total of 574 (-2), while Illinois (577), Georgia (581), LSU (581), South Florida (585) and Vanderbilt (585) round out the top five.

Junior Will Starke responded to his first-round 78 with a 1-under 71 on Saturday. Starke is tied for 50th with a total of 149 (+5).

Miller Capps had a second-round 76 to pace Clemson.

Clemson enters the third round with a 615 stroke total, 30th in the field of 30 teams.

Clemson had a score of 309 on Saturday, its highest round of the year. Each of Clemson’s highest two rounds of the year have been on the difficult par-72 Concession Golf Club course that is 7,483 yards in length, the fifth longest Clemson has played in its history.

Capps led the Tigers with the 76, while sophomore Austin Langdale had a 77.