Pacers Edged Out On The Links

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SALISBURY, N.C.—Georgia College & State fired a final round of even-par 284 to edge out #5 USC Aiken by three strokes during Tuesday’s final round of the 2008 Richard Rendleman Invitational. The 13th-ranked Bobcats finished the tournament at four-under-par. The Pacers carded a day two total of 291 to finish at seven-over-par.

The two-day, 36-hole event was contested at the 6,665 yard, par 71 Country Club of Salisbury and hosted by Catawba College. The 18-team field featured four of the top 25 teams in Division II.

Junior All-American Roberto Diaz followed up his opening round 68 with a one-over-par 72 on Tuesday, good enough for a runner-up placement in the individual standings. The Veracruz, Mexico native tied two other golfers, all one stroke back of medalist Brad Robinson of Carson-Newman.

For Diaz, it was his fourth top five finish in six events this year, and his 18th career top 10.

Senior Jeff Goff was one of only eight golfers in the 90-player field to post even-par or better, shooting a final round 72 to finish tied for seventh. Sophomore Kevin Grady registered his second-straight 73 to record his first career top 20, tying for 19th.

Newcomer J.P. Solis tied for 23rd in his first collegiate event after his three-over-par 74 while freshman Frederik Schulte rebounded from his first round 80 with a day two score of 74 to move up 12 spots into a tie for 59th.