March 28, 2008
Arroyo Grande, Calif. - The USC Upstate men's golf team recorded a 306 team total in the final round of the 14-team Lamkin Grips/Cal Poly Invitational played at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course Friday afternoon to slip one position in the standings, finishing eighth in the field.
Individually, Josh Gallman turned in rounds of 72, 73 and 76 to finish with a 221 tot al to finish tied for 10th. It marked the ninth Top 10 finish for the super sophomore in 10 tournaments this year. He has won four individual titles and will lead the Spartans into the Wofford Invitational Monday and Tuesday at the Carolina Country Club.
Upstate finished eighth by three strokes behind Utah Valley State which turned in a 298 in the final round. Upstate finished with a three-round total of 912, three shots back of UVS which totaled a 309. Host Cal Poly, behind the individual championship effort of Brycen Wagner, won the team championship with an 871 total. Wagner turned in three straight 71 scores and won the individual championship in a playoff.
Cal State-Northridge was second with an 882 total and was followed by British Columbia (883), Cal State-Stanislaus (889), Utah State (900), Cal State-Bakersfield (901), Utah Valley State (909), Upstate (912), Sacramento State (914), UC Riverside (929), Cal State-San Marcos (944), Birmingham Southern (946), Claremont (949) and Idaho State (955) in the 14-team field.
Gallman led Upstate for the third straight tournament. He finished 5-over-par at 221, eight strokes back of the individual winner. Baxter Culler finished in a tie for 36th with a 231 total, finishing with a 75 Friday. Michael Lawrence finished a shot back of Culler at 233 and in a tie for 42nd. Tyler Tucker finished 55th with a 236 total, while Jamie Lightsey finished tied for 70th at 242. Andy Brooks rounded out the scoring for Upstate, finishing tied for 73rd with a 244 total.
The tournament format allowed for six players to turn in scores for the team total with the four best scores counting towards the team score.