September 5, 2011

GSW leads 17-team Kiawah by 9 strokes

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The Georgia Southwestern golf team fired a blistering 4-under par 284 on Monday to grab a nine-stroke lead after Day 1 at the season-opening Kiawah Island Invitational. J.P. Griffin led the Hurricane assult, tying for the top spot in the 85-player field with a 4-under 68.

Teammate Craig Gibson tamed the 6,875 yard, par 72 Cougar Point Golf Course, as well, finishing a stroke behind Griffin with a 3-under 69.

Southwestern sits nine strokes ahead of host USC Aiken and 10 shots ahead of St. Andrews. 14th-ranked Georgia College is fourth after posting an 8-over 296.

Nate Gahman (72) and Chris Hall (75) are tied for 11th and 25th, respectively for GSW. Freshman Travis Oestmann added an 83.

The Hurricanes return to the links on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. for the final round in Kiawah Island.

2011 KIAWAH ISLAND INVITATIONAL - TEAM SCORES

  Rd 1 Rd 2 Total  
(RV) GSW 284     -4
(18) USC Aiken 293     +5
St. Andrews 294     +6
(14) Georgia College 296     +8
(RV) Belmont Abbey 296     +8
(19) Armstrong Atlantic 296     +8
USC Beaufort 298     +10
(RV) Carson-Newman 298     +10
Concord 299     +11
(11) Barton 300     +12
(RV) Mount Olive 309     +21
Coker 310     +22
Erskine 310     +22
(RV) North Georgia 313     +25
Catawba 316     +28
Bluefield State 318     +30
Fairfield State 318     +30
         
( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes

GSW SCORES

Place   Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total  
T1 J.P. Griffin 68     -4
T3 Craig Gibson 69     -3
T11 Nate Gahman 72     E
T25 Chris Hall 75     +3
T73 Travis Oestmann 83     +11