POOLER, Ga.--It’s a unfamiliar spot for the three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions, but it's not as bad as it could be. Amidst 30 mile per hour winds along coastal Georgia, USC Aiken carded a 32-over-par total of 320 on day one of the 2007 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The Pacers are tied for fifth with Armstrong Atlantic State, just two shots out of third, but 17 back of front-running Columbus State.
The 54-hole event is being contested at the 7,016 yard, par 72 Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. Armstrong Atlantic State is serving as the host institution.
Winning the region each of the past five years, the Pacers had never trailed after day one, but with only one birdie among five players on the front nine, USC Aiken found itself at the bottom of the field at the turn. As the rest of the teams battled the weather, however, USCA improved up the leaderboard to remain in contention for a spot in the NCAA Championship field on May 22-25.
Columbus State (+15) is in front followed by a surprising Lander (+25) team making their first NCAA appearance. USC Upstate (+30) and Presbyterian (+30) are tied for third followed by USCA (+32) and AASU (+32) in fifth. Georgia College & State (+35) is seventh while North Greenville (+63) is a distant eighth.