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ETSU men falls short at SoCon Men's Golf Championships; Johnson relinquishes two-round lead to finish tied for second
Sunday, April 20, 2003STATESBORO, Ga. (April 20, 2003) - Georgia Southern fired a final round 288 (even-par) on Sunday to claim a two-stroke victory in the 2003 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships held at the par-72, 6,962-yard Forest Heights Country Club.
GSU outlasted second-place College of Charleston, while third-place East Tennessee State finished 12 strokes back and was denied an opportunity to add to its record 16 SoCon Championships in men's golf. The Bucs finished with a three-day total of 884 (293-296-295).
Individually, ETSU's James Johnson (Barbados) led both the first and second rounds, but the senior struggled on Sunday and fired a 5-over-par 77. Charleston's Bruce McDonald took advantage by shooting a 3-under 69 to win medallist honors. Johnson and Charleston's Adam Grodhaus finished tied for second place at even-par.
As for the rest of the Buccaneers, sophomore Chase Baldwin (Plant City, Fla.) had the best day for any ETSU player, shooting a 2-under 70 to place in a tie for 5th (73-75-70=218 +2). Meanwhile, fellow sophomore Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) finished tied for 20th (77-74-74=225 +9) and freshman Derek McNamara (Galway, Ireland) ended the event tied for 25th (74-77-75=226 +10). Sophomore Jeremy Hobson (Thonotosassa, Fla.) placed 35th (79-77-76=232).
FINAL RESULTS -- Southern Conference Championships