Behind a 6-under 64 from sophomore Will Starke, the South Carolina men’s golf team shot an opening-round 8-under 272 to take the lead at the NCAA Championship on Saturday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
The Gamecocks hold a one-shot lead over Oklahoma heading into Sunday’s second round. The top eight teams at the end of the 30-team stroke play will advance to match play on Tuesday.
Starke led individually after one round, holding a one-shot lead over Oklahoma’s Charlie Saxon and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy.
South Carolina’s score of 272 and Starke’s 64 are the lowest NCAA Championship rounds in school history.
Starke recorded one blemish on his scorecard on the way to shooting his second 64 of the season. He made birdies on the fifth and seventh holes before falling back to 1-under with a bogey on No. 8. After recording par on the next four holes, Starke holed out from the fairway for eagle from 132 yards out on the par-4 13th. He then made par on the next two holes before reeling off three straight birdies on his final three holes.
Caleb Sturgeon is two strokes back of Starke in a tie for fourth after firing a 4-under 66.