HAMPTON - The Georgia Southwestern golf team finished its fall schedule with a second-place finish out of nine teams at the three-round, two-day Laker Collegiate Invitational hosted by Clayton State University.
Individually, junior J.P. Griffin, junior Nate Gahman and senior Craig Gibson tied for sixth place in the 48-player field with each firing a 2-over par 218 at the par-72, 7202-yard Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club.
The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate early in Hampton with a 304 first round on Monday morning, but responded well in the afternoon with a 287. GSW jumped from a sixth-place tie to second place by the end of the first day.
On Tuesday, Southwestern was unable to gain ground on the leader, UNC Pembroke, but distanced itself from the rest of the field for a firm second.
Griffin and Gahman saved their best golf for Tuesday's round combining to shoot 6-under. Gibson came in with a 74 over his final 18 holes.
All three of GSW's top golfers played the par 5s well in the tourney, with Gahman shooting 5-under to lead the group and rank second in the invite. Gibson and Griffin were a stroke behind at 4-under.
Senior Chris Hall tied for 20th place overall with a 226 (77-72-77) and sophomore Patrick Hall carded a 244 (79-81-84).
Southwestern finished 16 strokes behind UNCP while holding an 8-stroke advantage over third place University of West Georgia and Coker College.
GSW had two eagles (Gahman and Gibson) over the tournament, matched only by Armstrong Atlantic.
The Hurricanes resume play in February when the spring schedule opens with the Frito Lay AT&T Intercollegiate Feb. 17 in Philadelphia, Miss.
2011 LAKER COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL - TEAM SCORES
|Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|(22) UNC Pembroke||288||292||284||864||E|
|(18) Armstrong Atlantic||301||300||293||894||+30|
|Par 72 Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton, Ga.|
|( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes|
|Place||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|