June 4, 2009
Aiken, S.C. - USC Upstate men's golfer Josh Gallman shot a steady even-par 70, highlighted by a hole out eagle on the 368-yard par-4 second hole, to maintain the lead at the halfway point of the 2009 Palmetto Amateur Championship at the Palmetto Golf Club Thursday afternoon.
Gallman, a rising senior from Gaffney, S.C., holed out with his second shot on the par-4 second hole to move to 5-under for the day. He gave a shot back on the next hole. He also bogeyed the ninth hole to make the turn at even-par 34. He started the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 10th, but made bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes before finishing with a birdie on the 18th to finish the back nine and the round at even-par.
Gallman, who stands 3-under-par for the tournament, will begin the third round with a one-stroke lead over three players at 2-under. David Geiss III, Hunter Slatton and Bill Jones III are all tied at 138 and 2-under after 36 holes.
Fellow Upstate golfer Michael Lawrence is tied for 22nd after carding a 70 on the day. After playing the four par-3s at 4-over-par Wednesday, the rising senior from Easley, S.C., rebounded Thursday to play the four par-3s at even par with a birdie, a bogey and two pars. He will begin the third round seven-strokes back of Gallman with a 144 total.
Gallman will play in the final group Friday, teeing off at 12:20 pm. Lawrence will tee off at 11:00 am.