GREENWOOD, S.C. - Craig Gibson finished tied for fourth out of 87 golfers at the Bearcat Classic and led the No. 16 Georgia Southwestern men's golf team to its best finish at an event in over a month. GSW moved up two slots on Tuesday to claim sixth place out of 17 teams with a three-round total of 891. Gibson finished 2-under par with a 214.
The Hurricanes finished 35 strokes behind 18th-ranked USC Aiken for the top spot in the team standings at the par-72, 6,800-yard Greenwood Country Club.
The tournament field was filled with Peach Belt Conference schools as 10 programs in the Bearcat were from the PBC. 14th-ranked UNC Pembroke was the only PBC program that did not participate in the event.
Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg fired rounds of 66-67-76 for a 7-under 209 to capture the individual title in the 87-player field.
Gibson shot rounds of 73-66-75 to pace the Hurricanes. His second-round 66 matched Dahlenburg for the low round of the tournament.The 2-under was Gibson's best score since he won the Aflac/Cougar Invitational on Oct. 4, 2011 with a three-round, 2-under 211 at the par-71 Country Club of Columbus.
Travis Oeastmann paced Southwestern on Tuesday with a round of 73. Oeastmann tied for 28th overall with a total score of 229. Nate Gahman followed an opening-round 75 with rounds of 73 and 78 for GSW to tie for 32nd. Christopher Hall carded an overall score of 229 to tie for 42nd. J.P. Griffin opened with a 73, but had the round DQ'd because he signed an incorrect scorecard. Griffin posted a 79 in Round 2 and a 75 on Tuesday.
The Hurricanes wrap up the regular season with the PBC Championships at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain on Apr. 9-10.
2012 BEARCAT GOLF CLASSIC - TEAM SCORES
|Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|(18) USC Aiken||290||281||285||856||-8|
|(21) Georgia College||288||293||294||875||+11|
|(RV) Columbus State||295||290||300
|(RV) Queens (N.C.)
|(RV) Belmont Abbey
|( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes|