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April 28, 2010
Spartanburg, S.C. - After winning the Fossum Invitational Sunday afternoon at Michigan State and finishing third at last week's A-Sun Championship, USC Upstate senior golfer Josh Gallman has moved up 39 spots to No. 62 in the world amateur ranking by the R&A.
Gallman, from Gaffney, S.C., previously had broken into the top 100 in the world amateur ranking at No. 99 earlier this spring. He fell out of the top 100 before last week's efforts. In addition to his world amateur ranking, the R&A ranks him No. 30 in the United States.
"This ranking shows that Josh's hard work this season and in his career has paid off," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "As the season went on he shot lower scores against better competition and it seems he has always fed off the hardest challenges. This is a great honor for him and one that I know he will be excited about representing our team."
In addition to his national ranking by the R&A, Gallman moved up 22 spots in the latest Golfstat Cup ranking to No. 53, the highest of his career. The Golfstat Cup ranks all college golfers playing in the United States in NCAA Division I,II and III, NAIA and JUCO.
Gallman ended a highly successful career at Upstate with his seventh individual tournament championship, and third of the year, by firing three straight rounds of 2-under-par 70 to win the Fossum Invitational over Michigan State's Jack Newman. Newman was the 2008 U.S. Amateur Publinks Champion and played in last year's Master's Championship at Augusta National.
Gallman has been ranked in the Golfstat Cup's top 100 for most of the year and stood 75th in the last ranking. With his third-place finish at last week's A-Sun Championship and his win at the Fossum, he moved up to No. 53. It tops his previous career-high of No. 56 achieved during his sophomore season in 2007-08 when he won four individual tournament titles. He finished his career with Upstate's career records for wins (7), top five finishes (21), top 10 finishes (33) and stroke average (72.7). He was named the Male Student-Athlete of the Year at Upstate's Pepsi Awards Banquet, the highest honor for a Spartan student-athlete. He also took home five other awards as the most decorated student-athlete at this year's banquet.