Gamecocks Golf: Takeaways from South Carolina’s performance in the Tiger Invitational

The South Carolina men’s golf team competed against several top-25 teams in the Tiger Invitational.

The tournament lasted from Monday to Wednesday, and took place in Opelika, Alabama. The Gamecocks finished 11 under par, which was good for fifth place.

Here’s what we learned from South Carolina’s solid performance.

Jamie Wilson has a bright future

Wilson has been good his while career at South Carolina, but he has really shown how good he is this year.

Wilson finished -5 at the Tiger Invitational, which was good for 11th place. He finished under par in all three rounds, and it was his best score of the year.

Wilson now has 12 top-20 finishes and is seventh all time in South Carolina for scoring average.

The former number five recruit in the country has racked up several awards and will lead this team for the rest of the year.

Ryan Hall needs to stay consistent

South Carolina’s success has relied heavily on the skills of Jamie Wilson, but junior Ryan Hall has been the most consistent golfer this year.

Hall finished -4 at the Tiger Invitational, which was good for 13th place. He has finished in the Top 20 in all six of the events he’s played in this year.

Hall is currently on the watch list for the Haskins Award, which is given to the top male collegiate golfer. Hall has averaged below par every year he’s played.

This year, he’s averaging below 70 for the first time in his career. He will be a key part of the South Carolina squad when they play in the SEC Tournament in April.

This team is getting hot at the right moment

This was South Carolina’s third top five finish this year. Two of those came in the last two events.

South Carolina is only ranked 47th in the country by Golfstat, but they’ve been impressive lately. With only two tournaments left until the SEC Tournament, they’re heating up at the right moment.

In two weeks, they’ll play at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Tournament. Not only is this near Jamie Wilson’s hometown of Mount Pleasant, but the Gamecocks have won it four out of the last five times.

Although the tournament wasn’t played last year due to COVID, Jamie Wilson will look to repeat his top three finish from 2019 and help South Carolina win again.

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