Monday May 5, 2008
MOORESVILLE, N.C.--The fourth-ranked USC Aiken Pacers played their final nine holes at even-par, the best of anyone’s five-man line-up in the field, as USCA carded an opening round nine-over-par 297 at the 2008 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The Pacers (+9) are fifth, but loom just four shots out of second and 12 behind front-running Georgia College & State (-3).
The 54-hole event is being contested at the 7,037 yard, par 72 Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville, N.C. Belmont Abbey is serving as the host for the event. Nestled on the north shore of Lake Norman, the course was designed by Greg Norman with more than two-thirds of the holes playing directly along or over the water.
USC Aiken, making the program’s 17th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, enters the Southeast Regional as the top seed. The three-time NCAA Division II National Champions are competing against seven other teams, and alongside eight squads in the Atlantic Regional, making up the Southeast/Atlantic Super Regional. The Pacers won the regional five consecutive times from 2002 to 2006 until Columbus State ended USCA’s unprecedented reign last year.