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Sept. 24, 2007
SUNSET BEACH, N.C. - Josh Gallman stood on his next to last hole of the day tied atop the individual leaderboard at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate. He birdied the par-4 sixth hole to finish with a school record 54-hole total 206 (-10) to claim the individual championship.
Gallman's win marks the second individual title of the year for Upstate. Michael Lawrence claimed the individual championship at the Rutgers Invitational last week, leading Upstate to the team title along the way. The Sea Trail intercollegiate used a shotgun start with players scattered on the course. Gallman started on No. 8 and finished on No. 7.
"Josh's performance was nothing less than stellar," said head coach Todd Lawton. "He was consistent from the beginning to the end. Honestly, his score could have been lower. I am excited about the direction his game is going and he is getting comfortable making birdies.
"We are really strong at the front end and we need to work to get the 4-5 scores lower. When we do that our team scores will improve. But, it's really exciting. The top 2-3 players have shown they can play with anyone."
Gallman stood tied for second after the first round Friday and moved into a tie for the lead with his second 68 of the tournament Saturday. He entered Sunday's final round tied with Wofford's Mike McKenzie at 8-under par for the tournament. While Mckenzie faded, Gallman stood firm and fought off a challenge by Elon's Phil Bartholomew to take the title. Gallman turned in a 2-under 70 to finish one stroke ahead of Bartholomew.
"I had no clue where I stood," said Gallman. "I was 1-under with five holes to go and thought I needed three birdies coming in to have a chance to win it. I played an eight iron to within 15 feet on No. 6 and made the putt. It feels great to win. It was my goal to win some individual championships this year. I thought I had a chance to win a few last year and didn't do it. Now I have one under my belt."
Gallman's efforts allowed the Spartans to move up a spot into a tie for fifth place after posting a team total of 859 with rounds of 286, 285 and 288. Host Elon won the team championship with an 828 total and was followed by Murray State (846), Bethune-Cookman (855), William & Mary (856), Upstate, Radford (859), Belmont Abbey (859), Wofford (860), Gardner-Webb (862), Delaware (869), Guilford (872), Appalachian State (878), High Point (881), Navy (882), Stetson (885), Villanova (888), James Madison (899), South Carolina State (900) and Hampton (974) in the 19-team tournament.
Individually, Gallman was not the only Spartan to turn in a strong tournament. Baxter Culler finished tied for 13th after posting a 4-under 212 total. Lawrence finished tied for 30th with a 1-over-par 217 effort. Jamie Lightsey (227) finished tied for 74th and Tyler Tucker (231) came in tied for 85th.