Pacers advance to NCAA match play, Atkins just misses out on championship

Wednesday May 22, 2013

HERSHEY, Pa. – The nationally fifth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken men's golf team finished tied for fourth as a team after the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at the par-71, 6,984-yard East Course at the Hershey Country Club.

With the tie for fourth, USC Aiken advances to the national quarterfinals for the second straight year.

USC Aiken (298-292-298) and seventh-ranked Lynn (290-301-297) both finished tied for fourth at 888.

The two teams will now meet in the national quarterfinals on Thursday, May 23. The two teams will start their match play quarterfinal at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday on hole No. 10.

The match will consist of five points with one point being awarded for each individual match.

National No. 8 Florida Southern claimed the top seed entering match play with a three-round team score of 867 (294-293-280). The Mocs will face off against eighth-seeded Western Washington in the quarterfinals.

The winner of the USC Aiken-Lynn match will face the winner of the Florida Southern-Western Washington match in the semifinal round at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

In the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Barry will take on seventh-seeded Missouri St. Louis, while third-seeded Nova Southeastern will take on sixth-seeded CSU-Monterey Bay. The winner of the two quarterfinals on that side of the bracket will then move on to the semifinal round at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

The national championship match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24.

USC Aiken was led in stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship by Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Matt Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State).

Atkins (70-69-72) finished the three rounds of stroke play tied with Florida Southern’s Tim Crouch (71-71-69) and Western Washington’s Jake Webb (71-75-65).