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Pacers Advance to Match Play, Atkins Nearly Wins Individual Title

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

With the tie for fourth, USC Aiken advances to the national quarterfinals for the second straight year.

USC Aiken (298-292-298) and seventh-ranked Lynn (290-301-297) both finished tied for fourth at 888.

The two teams will now meet in the national quarterfinals on Thursday, May 23. The two teams will start their match play quarterfinal at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday on hole No. 10.

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

National No. 8 Florida Southern claimed the top seed entering match play with a three-round team score of 867 (294-293-280). The Mocs will face off against eighth-seeded Western Washington in the quarterfinals.

The winner of the USC Aiken-Lynn match will face the winner of the Florida Southern-Western Washington match in the semifinal round at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

In the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Barry will take on seventh-seeded Missouri St. Louis, while third-seeded Nova Southeastern will take on sixth-seeded CSU-Monterey Bay. The winner of the two quarterfinals on that side of the bracket will then move on to the semifinal round at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

The national championship match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24.

USC Aiken was led in stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship by Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Matt Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State).

 

Atkins (70-69-72) finished the three rounds of stroke play tied with Florida Southern's Tim Crouch (71-71-69) and Western Washington's Jake Webb (71-75-65).

 

The trio went to a playoff, but Atkins bowed out on the first playoff hole. Crouch would go on to claim individual medalist honors on the second playoff hole.

 

All five of USC Aiken's players in the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship finished in the top-65 with Taylor Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) tying for 37th at 226 (76-76-74) and Hayden Letien (Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS) tying for 41st at 227 (76-71-80).

 

USC Aiken's JP Solis (Morelia, Mexico/Lico Morelia) tied for 59th at 230 (76-80-74), while Mark Dickson (Edinburgh, Scotland/Firrhill) tied for 64th at 231 (77-76-78).

 

Final Stroke Play Results: http://golfstatresults.com/public/static/team_player_leaderboard_3668.html

 

T4    USC Aiken         298   292   298   888

T1    Matt Atkins (1)   70    69    72    211

T37   Taylor Welborn (5)      76    76    74    226

T41   Hayden Letien (4) 76    71    80    227

T59   JP Solis (2)            76    80    74    230

T64   Mark Dickson (3)  77    76    78    231

 

1     8     Florida Southern

+15   F       -4 294  293  280  867

2     2     Barry

+24   F       +20      284  288  304  876

3     1     Nova Southeastern

+25   F       +11      292  290  295  877

T4    7     Lynn

+36   F       +13      290  301  297  888

T4    5     USC Aiken

+36   F       +14      298  292  298  888

6     3     CSU-Monterey Bay

+41   F       +15      291  303  299  893

T7    Missouri-St. Louis

+46   F       +13      299  302  297  898

T7    6     Western Washington

+46   F       +10      292  312  294  898

9     14    CSU-Stanislaus

+50   F       +22      297  299  306  902

T10   24    Colorado-CO Springs

+51   F       +16      301  302  300  903

T10   4     Grand Canyon

+51   F       +15      302  302  299  903

12    20    Central Oklahoma

+52   F       +23      297  300  307  904

13    10    Columbus State

+53   F       +21      297  303  305  905

14    47    Indiana U. of Pa.

+55   F       +5 314  304  289  907

T15   Central Missouri

+63   F       +27      307  297  311  915

T15   Wilmington University

+63   F       +17      304  310  301  915

17    18    West Florida

+64   F       +13      312  307  297  916

18    Bellarmine

+69   F       +21      302  314  305  921

19    40    Southwestern Ok. St.

+72   F       +26      308  306  310  924

20    California (PA)

+99   F       +30      325  312  314  95

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