Top ranked Pacers golf team starts semester with win

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Tuesday Feb. 24, 2009

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Roberto Diaz and the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s golf opened up its 2009 season in prime fashion as USC Aiken claimed the overall team victory and Diaz obtained individual medalist honors at the fourth annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate at the par 72, 6,828-yard Wexford Plantation course on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The Pacers finished with a cumulative team score of 897 (292-299-306) to claim the team crown in the event. The Pacers’ round of 292 in the first round was the low team score of the tournament.

The tournament title for USC Aiken is the third of the 2008-09 season. The Pacers also won the Kiawah Island Invitational and the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational in the fall of 2008.

The University of Richmond finished in second in the tournament with a team score of 905 (299-305-301). USC Aiken’s fellow Peach Belt Conference school and tournament host Francis Marion finished third with a combined team score of 907 (300-293-314).

Diaz (Veracruz, Mexico) had finished the first two rounds tied with teammate J.P. Solis (Morelia, Mexico) for first place in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate.

Diaz fired a two-under-par 70 in the third and final round to acquire the tournament title. His total of 214 (70-74-70) bested second-place finisher Josh Gallman (218) of USC Upstate by four strokes.

The title was the fourth of Diaz’ collegiate career.