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April 21, 2010
Braselton, Ga. - Josh Gallman made four birdies, including three on his final nine, to make a big push up the leaderboard and finished third in the individual standings in the 2010 A-Sun Championship Wednesday afternoon on the Legends Course at Chateau Elan.
Gallman, a senior from Gaffney, S.C., made the most of his last time playing in the A-Sun Championship. After making bogey on his fourth hole, the 13th as Upstate played the back nine first and the front nine last, he played the next 14 holes at 4-under to finish with a 3-under 69 to lead all Upstate players on the day. He finished the tournament with a 2-under 214 total. He began the day tied for eighth, but behind his strong round, moved up to third in the championship.
"As we have seen so many times, Josh just plays with all of his heart and emotions," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "He got off to kind of a tough start and was at 1-over. After he made a birdie to get back to even, he really got it going and finished strong. He just grinded it out. I couldn't be happier for the way he finished the tournament."
Gallman led a determined Upstate squad Wednesday. After struggling to finish rounds each of the last two days, the Spartans were strong on Wednesday. They counted scores of 69, 73, 74 and 75, throwing out a 76 to shoot a 3-over-par 291. The string effort allowed the Spartans to move up one spot on the leaderboard to finish sixth in the championship. The Spartans jumped over Jacksonville, who fell all the way from sixth to 10th in the final standings. The sixth-place showing was one spot better than the Spartans finished in last year's championship.
"Our goal in each tournament is to play progressively better and move up the leaderboard," said Lawton. "You want to start tournaments at the top, but when you don't, you want to improve and move up. It was a group effort throughout the whole day. Everyone was in it and contributed. Matthew (Hopper) turning in a 75 to start really helped us out and set the tone for the day. The guys are excited and they deserve to be. This is a great conference for golf."
East Tennessee State claimed the championship after shooting 288 on Wednesday and finishing the tournament with a 5-under total of 859. North Florida, who moved to within three strokes of the Buccaneers yesterday, shot 293 and fell to third at 867, while Florida Gulf Coast turned in the lowest round of the day, a 282, and moved into second with an 863 total.
Defending champion Campbell finished fourth with an 877 total and was followed by Mercer (881), Upstate (890), Kennesaw State (899), Stetson (899), Belmont (901), Jacksonville (902) and Lipscomb (956).
While Gallman proved he was one of the top golfers in the A-Sun, he was not alone in leading Upstate on the day. Nate Irvin posted four birdies on the day and finished with a 1-over-par 73 to help the Spartan cause. He made three birdies and three bogeys alone on his first nine holes. He finished the tournament tied for 30th with a 225 total. Michael Lawrence carded a solid 74 on Wednesday to finish tied for 26th with a 224 total. He recorded one birdie and two pars on each nine.
Matthew Hopper made the biggest move of the day for the Spartans. After struggling in his first two rounds, he rebounded to shoot a 3-over 75 on Wednesday to help the cause. He made four birdies on the day. Brian Horton had a solid round going before giving some shots back on his 18th hole and finishing with a 76.