September 6, 2011

Hurricanes blow through Kiawah to claim title

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  
(RV) GSW 284 301  585  +9
(18) USC Aiken 293 295  588  +12
(19) Armstrong Atlantic 296 297  593  +17
(RV) Belmont Abbey 296 298  594  +18
(RV) Carson-Newman 298 301  599  +23
(14) Georgia College 296 308  604  +28
Concord 299 307 606  +30
(11) Barton 300 308  608  +32
USC Beaufort 298 313  611  +35
(RV) North Georgia 313 302  615  +39
Coker 310 308  618  +42
St. Andrews 294 325 619  +43
Catawba 316 313  629  +53
(RV) Mount Olive 309 321  630  +54
Bluefield State 318 315  633  +57
Fairfield State 318 330  648  +72
Erskine 310 342  652  +76
         
( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes

GSW SCORES

Place   Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total  
2 J.P. Griffin 68 72  140  -4
T7 Craig Gibson 69 76  145  +1
6 Nate Gahman 72 72  144  E
T63 Chris Hall 75 87  162  +18
T72 Travis Oestmann 83 81  164  +20

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