USC Upstate men’s golf signee Matt Carter led his Easley High School squad to a second place finish at the South Carolina 4A State Tournament and finished fifth on the individual leaderboard Tuesday afternoon at the Furman University Golf Course.
Carter, who signed to play at Upstate during the early signing period last November, turned in rounds of 71 and 76 to post a 147 total and finished tied for fifth in the tournament. He earned all-state honors with his Top 10 finish. He was the top player from Easley in the tournament with the Green Wave having three players finish in the Top 25 en route to a 605 tournament total and a second place team finish. Easley was tied with Boiling Springs after the first round and despite shooting one stroke better in the second round than it did in the first (303 and 302), the Green Wave settled for second behind the Bulldogs.
Carter wrapped up a strong high school career with his tie for fifth and all-state selection Tuesday. He helped lead Easley to a second place finish last year and third in 2013, finishing 12th and 17th, respectively, on the individual leaderboard.
Carter has had a standout career in junior golf in addition to his accomplishments in high school. Following his 17th-place effort in the 2013 4A State Tournament, he had a strong summer capped off by an appearance in the semifinals of the 2013 S.C. Junior Match Play Championship before losing to the eventual champion, 2&1. Following his 12th-place finish in the 2014 4A State Tournament, he had a strong summer and fall of junior golf. He finished 10th at the SC Junior Amateur Championship with rounds of 72, 72 and 69 in July and was 21st with back-to-back rounds of 74 at The Blade in Greenville. He finished second at the Orange Jacket Classic in Pickens in October with rounds of 65 and 69 and was third at the Jimmy Creed in Camden with rounds of 74 and 72. He was 21st at the Jimmy Self in Greenwood with rounds of 70 and 77. He claimed titles at the Morgan Lucas Team Championships and the GSA Junior Open.
An outstanding athlete, he was a member of Easley’s junior varsity baseball team in the seventh grade and the junior varsity basketball team in the ninth before giving both up to concentrate on his golf career. He is also a standout student and carries a 3.35 GPA.