Upstate Golf Ties School Record
By Aaron Pellot
The golf season has just started for USC Upstate, and the Spartan Golf team opened the season with a win at the SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate. Not only did the Spartans come out on top, but the team tied a school record before finishing. The team shot a 277 in the second round, which ties a record set in the 2011 season at the Rutgers invitational.
The team seemed to want some excitement before the finishing the final round in the tournament. Going into the final round, the Spartans had a nine-stroke lead, but allowed the gap to tighten early in the third round. As the team once again found its composure, it was able to finish out the third round, holding off a rallying Presbyterian College. In an closer third round than Upstate probably expected, they escaped, winning by two strokes. USC Upstate was able to beat out Presbyterian College, Elon, Wofford, Radford, Jacksonville, Appalachian State, Longwood, Georgia College, and George Mason, all whom shot under 900.
With a win in the tournament, Upstate earned its eighth team title in Division I. As a new year comes, so does a new team, with this team missing three seniors that were on the team last year. Coach Todd Lawton acknowledged the changes on the team saying, “Even though this team has some youth on it, it is very mature.” Some of the maturity Lawton is referencing, comes from players Adam Goings (Sr.) and Ryan Cornfield (So.), both whom Lawton feels “have stepped up their games another notch”. Up next in the Spartan schedule is the Rutgers Invitational, which will take place on the 13th and 14th of September. In a tournament which has brought the team success in the past, with three team titles, and four individual titles, continued success will be the goal for the team.
(credit- Upstate Athletics, Radford University Athletics)