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Johansen-Led South Carolina Men's Golfers Claim 36-Hole Lead at Palmetto Intercollegiate

March 15, 2004

AIKEN, S.C. -- Led by the play of sophomore Eirik Johansen, who carded rounds of 67 and 68 on the opening day of play to take over the individual lead, the South Carolina men's golf team stormed to a 12-stroke lead after 36 holes of play at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament is being contested at the par-71, 6,380-yard Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.

As a team, the Gamecocks finished with rounds of 278 and 281, the two lowest rounds of the tournament, to stand at 9-under-par, 278-281=559. That score is 12 shots better than Coastal Carolina, which is in second place at 3-over-par, 282-289=571.

In the individual standings, Johansen led a trio of South Carolina players in the top 10 with his performance. His 36-hole score of 7-under-par, 67-68=135 gives him a one shot lead over teammate Martin Rominger entering Tuesday's final round. Rominger finished the day with a total of 6-under-par, 70-66=136. The second-round 66 was a season low for Rominger.

Junior Alex Hamilton is the third Gamecock in the top 10, as he is tied for 10th with a 36-hole score of even-par, 69-73=142. Sophomore Jake Thompson is the next South Carolina player in the field, as he tied with four other players in 23rd place at 72-74=146.

Rounding out the Gamecock contingent in the field are sophomores Robert Svensson and Matt Robinson. Svensson is tied for 42nd place at 76-74=150, while Robinson, who is competing in the event as an individual, is tied for 33rd place at 72-76=148.

The Palmetto Intercollegiate will conclude on Tuesday with the final round of play. Full tournament results

1.	South Carolina	278-281=559
2.	Coastal Carolina	282-289=571
3.	USC-Aiken	287-285=572
4.	Memphis	292-285=577
5.	Virginia Tech	289-289=578
6.	Purdue	296-283=579
7.	Furman	282-302=584
8.	Maryland	292-299=591
9.	South Florida	297-297=594
10.	Coll. Of Charleston	294-304=598
11.	VCU	295-305=600
12.	Navy	304-298=602
13.	Florida State	298-308=606
14.	Presbyterian	312-298=610



TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1. Eirik Johansen, South Carolina 67-68=135 2. Martin Rominger, South Carolina 70-66=136 3. Buddy Davis, Furman 67-71=138 4. David Jeans, Memphis 70-69=139 Moises Cobo, Coastal Carolina 68-71=139 6. Shiv Kapur, Purdue 71-70=141 Joel Kraner, Virginia Tech 72-69=141 Scott Wise, Virginia Tech 72-69=141 James McGhee, USC-Aiken 70-71=141 10. Alex Hamilton, South Carolina 69-73=142 Matt Davidson, Furman 69-73=142

SOUTH CAROLINA INDIVIDUALS T23. Jake Thompson 72-74=146 T33. Matt Robinson* 72-76=148 T42. Robert Svensson 76-74=150 *-Competing as an Individual


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