ETSU men falls short at SoCon Men's Golf Championships; Johnson relinquishes two-round lead to finish tied for second

Sunday, April 20, 2003

STATESBORO, 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
Forest Heights CC; Statesboro, Ga.
Dates: 04/18 - 04/20 (Today:04-20-2003)
Par: 72; Yardage: 6962

Team Results
Fin. Teams Scores
1 Georgia Southern U. 294-290-288=872
2 Charleston, Coll. of 287-299-288=874
3 East Tennessee St. 293-296-295=884
4 Wofford College 291-302-297=890
5 N. Car.- Greensboro 298-299-295=892
6 Furman University 306-297-296=899
7 Davidson College 300-297-307=904
8 Citadel, The 307-307-296=910
9 Tennessee-Chattanoog 309-312-304=925
10 Appalachian State U. 316-304-306=926
11 Western Carolina U. 304-315-311=930

Individual Leaders
Fin. Players School Scores
1 Bruce McDonald Charleston 72-71-69=212
2 James Johnson E Tenn. St 69-70-77=216
  Adam Grodhaus Charleston 71-75-70=216
4 Jake Lowder NC Greensb 72-73-72=217
5 Aron Price Ga. South 75-70-73=218
  Chase Baldwin E Tenn. St 73-75-70=218
  Jon David Kennedy Ga. South 74-72-72=218
  Daniel Sloan Wofford 70-78-70=218

ETSU Individual Results
3 East Tennessee St. 293-296-295=884
T 2 James Johnson 69-70-77=216
T 5 Chase Baldwin 73-75-70=218
T 20 Cennydd Mills 77-74-74=225
T 25 Derek Mcnamara 74-77-75=226
36 Jeremy Hobson 79-77-76=232
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