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With the postseason looming, the UK men’s golf team showed it had some room for improvements after an 11th place finish in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate tournament.

The 31st ranked Cats were led by senior David Snyder, who carded consistent rounds of 72-73-73 to finish in a tie for 26th individually.

Snyder was followed by junior Stephen Stallings Jr. who finished in a tie for 44th individually with rounds of 75-72-75 for the week.

Sophomore Cooper Musselman rebounded nicely after a first-round 80 with rounds of even-par 72 and an even bigger day on the last day of the tournament with a 1-under par 71 finish to tie for 46th individually.

Freshman Lukas Euler also finished in a tie for 46th individually with rounds of 74-75-74 in his first spring season start.

Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel rounded out the scoring for the Cats with rounds of 79-78-73, finding himself in a tie for 66th.

The 19-over par, 11th place finish was not what the Cats were hoping for, but there were some positives to take from the week at Bulls Bay Golf Club in South Carolina.

“We did not have our best week by any means, but there were many things learned that will help us as we start our postseason journey,” head coach Brian Craig said. “We need to get better at the little things, the basic up and downs, to putting from 30 to 40 feet, and making the right decisions on the course.”

The 16th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks took home the team title with an impressive 23-under par performance over the three rounds. The individual title was also taken by South Carolina’s Keenan Huskey with rounds of 65-71-69 for an 11-under par total.

UK looks to have a better showing in its next outing, the SEC Championships. The conference tournament takes place April 15-17 at St. Simons Island, Georgia with Seaside Golf Course hosting the event.

“I believe in this team, we will keep working to get better and striving to make the Big Blue Nation proud,” Craig said.