KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The Georgia Southwestern golf team took care of business on Tuesday afternoon and held off a pair of nationally-ranked programs to grab the Eighth Annual Kiawah Island Invitational championship. J.P. Griffin led the Hurricanes and finished runner-up in the 85-player field with a 4-under 140. GSW placed three golfers in the top seven.
Nate Gahman, an All-PBC Second Team selection last spring, moved up five spots from his Day 1 position to finish sixth after firing his second consecutive par 72 at Cougar Point Golf Course.
Craig Gibson tied for seventh with a 1-over 145 total.
Freshman Travis Oestermann didn't bother with a bounce or a roll on the sixth hole Tuesday, catching an ace on the fly en route to his 81. Oestermann finished the tourney with a 164 total. Chris Hall carded a two-round 162.
Southwestern finished three strokes ahead of host USC Aiken, ranked 18th in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches NCAA D-II Poll, and eight shots ahead of 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic.
The Hurricanes return to action on Monday at the Alabama State University Fall Golf Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
2011 KIAWAH ISLAND INVITATIONAL - TEAM SCORES
|Rd 1||Rd 2||Total|
|(18) USC Aiken||293||295||588||+12|
|(19) Armstrong Atlantic||296||297||593||+17|
|(RV) Belmont Abbey||296||298||594||+18|
|(14) Georgia College||296||308||604||+28|
|(RV) North Georgia||313||302||615||+39|
|(RV) Mount Olive||309||321||630||+54|
|( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes|
|Place||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Total|