USC Aiken finishes 14th on the links

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Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009

HAMPTON, Ga. – Justin Thompson fired a three-under-par 69 in the final round to finish in a tie for 18th place at the Second Annual State Farm Laker Invitational at the par 72, 7,202-yard Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club.

The reigning Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Week, Thompson (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) improved 33 places from his standing of 51st after the first round. Thompson carded a three-over-par 75 in the first round. The two-day output left him with a total score of 144.

USC Aiken had three players conclude the event in the top 50 individually with Grant Carnie (Aberdeenshire, Scotland/Brevard) finishing the event in a tie for 33rd place with a two-round tally of 146 (71-75). Frederik Schulte (Koln, Germany/Herzogenaurach) carded a 74 for the second consecutive round on Tuesday to end his efforts at the event with a two-day output of 148, which left him in a tie for 45th.

The 10th-ranked Pacers did not have their best output as a team at the event, finishing 14th with a total team tally of 589 (294-295).

Newberry College carded the team low round of the tournament in the second and final round to claim top honors as a team. Newberry’s 14-under-par team score of 562 left them four strokes ahead of second-place and NCAA Division II top-ranked Georgia College & State.

Barry’s Chris Carlin claimed individual medalist honors at the Second Annual State Farm Laker Invitational with a two-day tally of 133 (67-66).

The Second Annual State Farm Laker Invitational was originally scheduled to feature 54 holes, but inclement weather on Monday forced it to be a 36-hole affair.

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