Spartans In First at Rutgers Invitational

Sept. 14, 2007

Piscataway, N.J. - The USC Upstate men's golf team turned in two single-round school records and vaulted into first place after the first two rounds of the Rutgers Invitational at the 6,337-yard, par-71 Rutgers University Golf Club Friday afternoon. The tournament marks the first tournament for Upstate as a member of NCAA Division I.

Upstate shot a 280 in the first round of the tournament, besting the single-round team record of 285 set during the second round of the 2006 Tusculum Invitational. The Spartans counted scores of 69, 69, 70, and 72 in the first round, throwing out a strong 73 by Tyler Tucker. The Spartans then turned in a 284, also topping the single-round school record, in the second round to finish the day with a 564 total. The Spartans stand 4-under-par as a team. Upstate holds a commanding 15-stroke lead over the Big East's Notre Dame (B), which turned in a 285-294=579 total.

Longwood is third with a 582 total and is followed by the Big East's Villanova (588) and Seton Hall (593) in the top five.

Individually, Michael Lawrence fired a 2-under-par 69 in the first round and a 3-under 68 in the second round to take a one-stroke lead over teammate and Gaffney native Josh Gallman. Gallman shot identical 2-under-par 69's and is at 4-under heading into the final round. Tucker is tied for fourth with a 1-over-par 143 total. Jamie Lightsey is tied for 24th with a 149 total, while Baxter Culler is tied for 32nd with a 150 total. Villanova's Brett Bergamn is third at even-par 142.