USC Aiken in 1st place through 2 rounds

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The 10th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken golf team concluded the first two rounds of the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,062-yard Country Club of South Carolina in first place with a total team score of 560.

The Pacers led the event as a team after both round’s on Monday. The Pacers fired a total team score of 282 to finish the first round tied with Western Carolina.

USC Aiken then fired the low team round of the tournament so far with a 278 in the second round to end its day four strokes ahead of second-place Western Carolina (564). Georgia Southern is just one back of the Catamounts at 565.

Justin Thomson (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) led the Pacers in the first two rounds, concluding the first two rounds with a total score of 138 to sit in a tie with four others for fourth place. Thompson finished the first round with a two-under-par 70. He followed that up with an impressive four-under-par 68 in the second round.

Three Pacers are in the top 12 in the event after the first two rounds with Grant Carnie (Aberdeenshire, Scotland/Brevard) and Kevin Grady (Woodbine, Md./Century) both tied with two others for 12th place with a 140.

In his first career event as a Pacer, Carnie, a former All-South Atlantic Conference golfer at Brevard, carded a two-under-par 70 in both rounds to acquire the two-round tally of 140. Grady shot an even 72 in the first round, but fired off a four-under-par 68 in the second round to sit in 12th place with the 140.

Casey Johnson of Appalachian State is in first place at the event with a score of 136 (69-67). Jayson Judy (70-67) of Elon and Presbyterian College’s Patrick Coleman (69-68) are both just one stroke behind at 137.