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Oct. 7, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The USC Upstate men's golf team turned in another strong tournament in 2007-08, finishing third out of 26 teams at the MacDonald Cup hosted by Yale at the 6,749-yard, par-71 Yale Golf Course Sunday afternoon. Gaffney native Josh Gallman turned in a second round 71 to finish with a 2-over-par 144 effort to finish tied for fourth individually.
Upstate finished the 36-hole tournament with a 295-296=591 total to finish third, 18 strokes behind winner Texas Christian. TCU won the tournament with a 285-288=573 total, five strokes ahead of host Yale at 578. The Horned Frogs placed all five of their golfers in the Top 10 individually, including Travis Woolf and Tom Hoge who each finished tied for second with 143 totals. Upstate followed in third, while Dartmouth was fourth with a 602 total. Seton Hall rounded out the Top 5 with a 603 total.
Individually, Gallman's 71 paced the Spartans on the final day and allowed the sophomore to move from being tied for 14th entering the final round to tied for fourth after the completion of tournament play. Gallman has now finished second (Rutgers Invitational), first (Sea Trail Intercollegiate) and fourth (MacDonald Cup) in his first three tournaments this year. He is the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Golfer of the Month and helped lead Upstate to a second-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championships.
Michael Lawrence capped a strong tournament as well, finishing with a 74 Sunday to finish tied for ninth. It marks his second Top 10 showing this fall after winning the season-opening, and Division I debut, tournament at the Rutgers Invitational. Lawrence finished with a 72-74=146 total.
Baxter Culler improved his score by three strokes over Saturday's round, turning in a 73 Sunday to finish tied for 21st with a 149 total. Tyler Tucker finished tied for 40th at 152, while Jamie Lightsey was tied for 80th with a 157 total.
Yale's Taylor Hakes finished with an even-par 142 total to win the individual championship.
Upstate returns to action next weekend at the Frank Landrey Invitational in Amherst, Va.
See attached results for more team information.