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April 18, 2010
Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's golf team will begin its quest to win a conference title Monday morning at 8:45 a.m. when it tees off in the first round of the 2010 A-Sun Championship at the Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. For seniors Josh Gallman and Michael Lawrence, both of whom played key roles in the Spartans' runner-up finish in the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship, this year's conference tournament marks the final opportunity for the duo to win a league title, whether it's a team or individual championship. To do so, Gallman, Lawrence and the rest of the Spartans must battle a deep and talented field with the likes of nationally-ranked North Florida and East Tennessee State and defending champion, Campbell, set to do battle.
Upstate will join Belmont, Campbell, ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, UNF and Stetson in the 11-team championship. Campbell won last year's tournament, played at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C., with a 3-over-par performance, winning the title by seven strokes. Individually, ETSU's Michael Stewart shot 3-under to win the individual championship by a single shot. Gallman and Lawrence each claimed top 10 finishes with Gallman finishing tied for fifth at 1-over and Lawrence tying for eighth at 2-over.
The 11 A-Sun teams will play the Legends Course, designed by architect Denis Griffiths with input from Gene Sarazen, Kathy Whitworth and Sam Snead. It is a 6,975-yard, par-72 course that hosted the Sarazen World Open Championship on the PGA Tour from 1994-98.
Upstate will send the lineup of Gallman, Lawrence, Nate Irvin, Matthew Hopper and Brian Horton into action in the A-Sun Championships. Gallman and Lawrence are the only two Spartans to play in last year's event. The lineup won the Palmas Del Mar Collegiate Classic in March and made a great comeback last week to finish second behind ETSU in the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational. The five own a 1,531-870 head-to-head record for a .638 winning percentage. Gallman has won two individual tournament championships this year, at the Rutgers Invitational in September and sharing the championship at the Palmas Del Mar Collegiate Classic, and Horton has one title, joining Gallman as a co-winner at the Palmas Del Mar.
Looking Back At The Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational
Looking Back At Last Year's A-Sun Championship
The Final Countdown
Gallman's National Ranking,br> Senior Josh Gallman ranks 109th in the world and 54th in the United States in the latest amateur golf ranking by the R&A. Scratchplayers.com ranks him 184th in the world and 76th in the United States. He ranks 196th in the world and 71st in the U.S. in the latest Golfweek/amateurgolf.com ranking. Finally, he ranks 60th in the latest Golfstat Cup ranking, just four spots shy of his best-ever ranking of No. 56 during his sophomore season. The Golfstat Cup ranks all collegiate golfers in NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO.