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April 24, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - USC Upstate's Josh Gallman fired back-to-back rounds of 2-under-par 70 Saturday afternoon to take the individual lead at the Fossum Invitational to lead the Spartans into second place heading into Sunday's final round.
Gallman recorded a birdie and two bogeys on the front nine during his first round and posted an eagle and birdie on the back nine to fire 70. He came back in the second round and birdied four of the nine holes on the front nine to fire another 70. He stands 4-under-par for the tournament and has a one stroke lead over Michigan State's Jack Newman.
"Josh played patiently and steady," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "He made enough birdies to lead against players on their home course. He kept from making costly mistakes on a very tough golf course."
Upstate held the lead during the second round, but Michigan State was able to finish strong and take the lead heading into the final round. The Spartans recorded rounds of 287 and 297 on Saturday and stand at 8-over 584. Upstate is just three strokes back at 587 after rounds of 296 and 291. Sunday will be a battle of the Spartans for the championship.
"This course is extremely well maintained with firm and fast greens," said Lawton. "It is a totally different turf than we play and practice on at home so that makes for a good test. Josh and Michael have played some golf up here so that helped. Nate, Brian and Matthew adjusted well to the conditions and got better."
Ferris State is third with a 590 total and is followed by Cal State Bakersfield (592), Humber College (602), Waterloo (617) and Ohio Wesleyan (618) in the seven-team field.
Michael Lawrence also turned in a strong day on Saturday. He matched Gallman's 2-under 70 in the first round and carded a 75 in the second to stand seventh in the individual standings.
"Michael played so well today and I know he's excited about tomorrow," said Lawton. "One hole kept his day from being one of his best."
Nate Irvin and Brian Horton, both of whom opened the tournament with a 78, rallied in the second round to shoot a 1-over-par 73. Matthew Hopper opened the tournament with a 78 and shot 75 in the second round as well.
Gallman finished the day tied for first in par-3 and par-5 scoring. He also ranks third with 25 pars along with Horton.
"We really got off to a slow start but rebounded with a few holes left in the first round to post a decent score," said Lawton. "In the afternoon, we continued the momentum and made some birdies and great par saves. We are excited that we have a round to play and hopefully can make some more birdies and move up."