The South Carolina men’s golf team made a run at the program’s first SEC title on Sunday but it came up short, finishing runner-up by two strokes to second-ranked Alabama with a total of 10-over 850 at Sea Island Golf Club.
The Gamecocks, who shot a final-round, 15-over 295, entered the day with a three-shot lead, but Alabama posted a 290 to win with a 54-hole total of 848.
“I was really proud of the guys this week,” said USC coach Bill McDonald, whose team posted the lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history. “They gave us a chance to win, arguably, the best conference championship in the country.”
USC’s Caleb Sturgeon carded a final-round, 3-over 73 to finish runner-up in the individual standings ata 5-under 205. His total is the second lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history, ranking behind only George Bryan IV’s total of 204 at the 2010 event.
The Gamecocks will now wait for the NCAA Regional pairings to be announced on May 6. Carolina will be selected to compete in one of the following regionals: Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Fayetteville, Ark., Pullman, Wash., or Tempe, Ariz.
USC women third at SEC
At Birmingham, Ala., the USC women’s team made a charge up the leader board in the final round of the SEC Championship, shooting a 303 (15-over) to finish third. The Gamecocks began the day in sixth. The finish was the best since USC won the event in 2002.
Justine Dreher led the Gamecocks in a tie for third at 10-over 226. Alabama won the team title and the Tide’s Stephanie Meadow was medalist at even-par 216.