Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's golf team will open play the 2012 A-Sun Championship Sunday, looking to improve on its program-best sixth-place finish in the conference tournament.
The A-Sun Championship is being played at The Legends Club at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga., Sunday through Tuesday. The 54-hole tournament will have 18 holes played each day on the par-72, 6,971-yard course.
Upstate is one of 10 teams vying for the A-Sun Championship. Joining Upstate in the championship is ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, Northern Kentucky and Stetson. The A-Sun Championship contains very strong teams, four of which are ranked in the Top 100 in the latest Golfstat rankings. North Florida is 17th in the nation and is followed in the Top 100 by Kennesaw State (56th), ETSU (76th) and Mercer (77th).
Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the lineup of Adam Goins, Ryan Cornfield, Sebastian Lopez Bulla, Brian Horton and Sean Hassell into action at the A-Sun Championship. It marks the first time Lawton has used the lineup this season with Hassell seeing his first tournament of the year and his career for the Spartans.
Goins and Cornfield have played in all nine events this season for Upstate. Goins tops the Spartans with a 74.0 stroke average, a win and four Top 5/10 finishes on the year. Cornfield is second with a 74.9 stroke average with two Top 10 and one Top 5 finish. Lopez Bulla is coming off a solid tournament at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational and has played in three tournaments, while Horton has played in seven events this year.
Upstate is coming off a solid outing at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational. The Spartans turned in three rounds under 300 and lowered their season stroke average from 300.9 before the event to 299.8 after the tournament.