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 www.pacersports.com.
TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES 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