Pacers Set The Pace On the Links

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Monday April 21, 2008
AIKEN, S.C.--USC Aiken (+5) carded a second round total of one-over-par 289 to lead Clayton State (+8) by three strokes after 36 holes of the 2008 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The fifth-ranked Pacers got a balanced performance with all five golfers in the top 15 individually. The Lakers’ Will Wilcox leads the race for medalist honors at six-under-par.

Six of the nation’s top 25 Division II men’s golf teams highlight the star-studded field. The event is being contested at the 6,548-yard, par 72 Houndslake Country Club in Aiken, S.C. The club centers around a 27-hole championship course designed in 1974 by Joe Lee, who planned the likes of Doral, La Costa, and Disney World.

USC Aiken is serving as the host for the third time in the league’s 17-year history. Despite a league-best seven PBC titles, USCA has never won the event as the host and will try to become the first such school to accomplish that feat since Georgia College & State in 2000.

Georgia College & State (+16) shaved 14 strokes off their opening round 303 to equal the Pacers for best round of the day, climbing into third place, 11 shots off the pace. Columbus State (+19), the defending PBC Champions, is fourth followed by Armstrong Atlantic State (+35), Lander (+37), and UNC Pembroke (+47).

Wilcox turned in a bogey-free second round, recording four birdies en route to a 68. He leads USC Aiken’s Ashley Smith by four strokes. Wilcox’s teammate, Wade Binfield, is one of a trio in third at one-under-par along with Chris Wolfe of Armstrong Atlantic State and Roberto Diaz of USC Aiken.