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ATLANTA, Ga. -- South Carolina closed out the regular season in strong fashion on Saturday, defeating eighth-ranked Georgia Tech in a dual match 3.5-2.5 at East Lake Golf Club.

The teams had a perfect day to play on Masters Saturday at East Lake, which is the home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones and also serves as the Yellow Jackets' home course. The Gamecocks held a 3-2 advantage with sophomore Sean Kelly left on the course in his match with Georgia Tech junior Bo Andrews as the pair headed to the 18th tee box all square. Both golfers made par to halve the hole, giving Carolina the win.

"It was an exciting match, and I'm really proud of our team for pulling out the victory," South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. "Georgia Tech has a great team and we were fortunate to beat them. East Lake Golf Club was in great shape and the experience for our guys was invaluable heading into the postseason."

Sophomore Caleb Sturgeon's match with Georgia Tech sophomore Anders Albertson went to the 17th hole with Sturgeon leading one up. Sturgeon won the hole to win the match 2 and 1 and secure a point for the Gamecocks.

Freshman Matt NeSmith claimed a 2 and 1 victory against Georgia Tech freshman Shun Yat Hak. Freshman Will Starke cruised to a 5 and 4 victory in his match with Georgia Tech's Michael Hines. Senior Dykes Harbin fell in his match with Ollie Schniederjans 4 and 3 and junior Caulder Moore dropped his match with Tech's Seth Reeves 7 and 6.