Third-ranked Pacers win PBC golf championship

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Sunday, April 21, 2013

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The nationally third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken men's golf team claimed the team title at the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,057-yard Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens.

USC Aiken concluded the three rounds of the Peach Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship with a team score of 873 (300-282-291).

The total of 873 allowed the Pacers to finish two strokes better than second-place finisher and current national No. 10 Columbus State (298-291-286=875).

USC Aiken now has nine Peach Belt Conference team championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013).

Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Matt Atkins claimed individual medalist honors for USC Aiken at the championship. Atkins finished his three rounds with a 4-under score of 212 (78-65-69).

Atkins now has three individual wins in his Pacer career. Earlier this season, Atkins claimed individual medalist honors at the 16th Annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the 6,617-yard, par-70 Palmetto Golf Club. Atkins finished with a three-round 4-under score of 206 in acquiring individual medalist honors.

The 2012 First-Team All-American also claimed top honors at the 2012 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at the par-72, 7,064-yard Jones Course at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State) concluded the three rounds of the South/Southeast Regional with a 6-under score of 210.

Mark Dickson (Edinburgh, Scotland/Firrhill) closed out the Peach Belt Conference Championship in a tie for fifth at 219 (71-73-75).

The fifth place finish allowed Dickson to join Atkins on the 2013 Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament Team.

All five of the Pacers finished in the top-30 individually with JP Solis (Morelia, Mexico/Lico Morelia) tying for 17th at 222 (74-69-79). USC Aiken’s Hayden Letien (Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS) tied for 25th at 226 (79-75-72).

Taylor Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) finished in a tie for 28th (77-76-75=228).

USC Aiken will next compete in the 2013 NCAA South/Southeast Regional. The field for the regional will be unveiled at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The Pacers will be making their 21st appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in the last 22 years.

1 USC Aiken 300 282 291 873
1 Matt Atkins (1) 78 65 69 212
T5 Mark Dickson (3) 71 73 75 219
T17 J.P. Solis (2) 74 69 79 222
T25 Hayden Letien (5) 79 75 72 226
T28 Taylor Welborn (4) 77 76 75 228

1 2 3 Team Scores
4 1 1 USC Aiken 300 282 291 873 +9
3 T2 2 Columbus State 298 291 286 875 +11
T6 4 3 Armstrong Atlantic 302 289 295 886 +22
2 T2 4 Georgia Southwestern 297 292 299 888 +24
8 6 5 Clayton State 306 290 294 890 +26
5 5 6 Georgia Coll. & State 301 293 303 897 +33
1 7 7 Montevallo 295 303 304 902 +38
T6 8 8 Lander 302 299 302 903 +39
9 9 9 North Georgia 309 297 309 915 +51
10 10 10 Flagler College 311 305 314 930 +66
11 11 11 UNC Pembroke 316 317 312 945 +81


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