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Pacers in Prime Position Entering Final Round of Stroke Play

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The nationally fifth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken men's golf team moved up six spots to fourth as a team after the second round of stroke play in the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at the par-71, 6,984-yard East Course at the Hershey Country Club.

 

USC Aiken enters the final round of stroke play in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship with a two-round team tally of 590 (298-292).

 

The Pacers in fourth as a team are in a favorable position entering the final day of stroke play on Wednesday, May 22. The top eight teams after the 54 holes of stroke play advance to the match play portion of the championship.

 

The top eight teams after Wednesday's final round will be put into brackets based on the 54-hole scores. This will be the third year that match play will be utilized to determine the national champion.

 

The pairings for the quarterfinals will be seed No. 1 against seed No. 8, seed No. 2 against seed No. 7, seed No. 3 against seed No. 6 and seed No. 4 against seed No. 5.

 

Each team match will consist of five points with one point being awarded for each individual match.

 

Winning teams will advance to the semifinals and subsequently the finals. Each individual match will be played to its completion and the first team to win three points within the team match will advance, or in the case of the final match be declared the national champion.

 

The match play quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Thursday, May 23. The national championship match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24.

 

Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Matt Atkins is in second individually after the first two days of the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at 3-under 139.

 

Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State) at 139 is just one stroke back of Rob Damschen of CSU-Stanislaus, who is the individual leader after two rounds at 4-under 138 (70-68).

 

Atkins will be vying for his fourth individual title of his career in the final round as an individual champion will be declared after the 54 holes of stroke play.

 

USC Aiken currently has three individuals in the top-50 as Hayden Letien (Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS) is tied for 22nd at 147 (76-71). Taylor Welborn is tied for 47th at 152 (76-76).

 

USC Aiken's Mark Dickson (Edinburgh, Scotland/Firrhill) is tied for 59th at 153 (77-76), while JP Solis (Morelia, Mexico/Lico Morelia) is tied for 75th at 156 (76-80).

 

National No. 2 Barry is leading after two rounds at 572 (284-288). No. 1 Nova Southeastern is in second at 582 (292-290). No. 8 Florida Southern is just ahead of the Pacers in third at 587 (294-293).

 

Action in the third and final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The first Pacer will tee off at 12 p.m.

 

All the Pacer action in the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship will be able to be followed live on USC Aiken's official athletic website at www.PacerSports.com.

 

Second Round Results: http://golfstatresults.com/public/static/team_player_leaderboard_3668.html

 

4     USC Aiken         298   292   590

2     Matt Atkins (1)   70    69    139

T22   Hayden Letien (4) 76    71    147

T47   Taylor Welborn (5)      76    76    152

T59   Mark Dickson (3)  77    76    153

T75   JP Solis (2)            76    80    156

 

1     2 D2  Barry

+4    F       +4 284  288  572

2     1 D2  Nova Southeastern

+14   F       +6 292  290  582

3     8 D2  Florida Southern

+19   F       +9 294  293  587

4     5 D2  USC Aiken

+22   F       +8 298  292  590

5     7 D2  Lynn

+23   F       +17      290  301  591

6     3 D2  CSU-Monterey Bay

+26   F       +19      291  303  594

7     14 D2 CSU-Stanislaus

+28   F       +15      297  299  596

8     20 D2 Central Oklahoma

+29   F       +16      297  300  597

9     10 D2 Columbus State

+32   F       +19      297  303  600

10    Missouri-St. Louis

+33   F       +18      299  302  601

11    24 D2 Colorado-CO Springs

+35   F       +18      301  302  603

T12   Central Missouri

+36   F       +13      307  297  604

T12   6 D2  Western Washington

+36   F       +28      292  312  604

T12   4 D2  Grand Canyon

+36   F       +18      302  302  604

T15   40 D2 Southwestern Ok. St.

+46   F       +22      308  306  614

T15   Wilmington University

+46   F       +26      304  310  614

17    Bellarmine

+48   F       +30      302  314  616

18    47 D2 Indiana U. of Pa.

+50   F      +20      314  304  618

19    18 D2 West Florida

+51   F       +23      312  307  619

20    California (PA)

+69   F       +28      325  312  637

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