Tuesday April 30, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina freshman Matt NeSmith has been named the Co-SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year, and senior Dykes Harbin has earned Second-Team All-SEC honors as selected by the league’s 14 coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
NeSmith also earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. He becomes the third Gamecock to receive the SEC Freshman of the Year award, joining former Gamecocks Brent Roof (1997) and Mark Anderson (2005). He shares this year’s award with Arkansas’ Taylor Moore.
“I’m really proud of Matt and Dykes,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “They really had great years for us. Caleb (Sturgeon) did as well and probably should have been on one of those teams, but that speaks to the strength of the SEC and how many great players we have in our conference. Matt and Dykes are very deserving of their honors.”
A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith played in all 10 tournaments this season. He ranks second on the team and 21st in the SEC with a scoring average of 73.00, which is tied for the fourth-best stroke average for a freshman in school history. He recorded a team-high eight top-20 finishes, including six top-10 showings. He closed out the regular season in strong fashion with four-straight top-10 finishes and was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times during that stretch. He tied for 20th at the SEC Championship to help lead the Gamecocks to a runner-up finish.
Harbin, a native of Augusta, Ga., is having a stellar run during his final season in Garnet and Black. He leads the team and ranks 16th in the conference with a stroke average of 72.73. He is tied for second on the squad with six top-20 finishes, including a win at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic in the fall. He finished tied for seventh at the SEC Championship to lead the Gamecocks to a second-place finish.
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