March 12, 2007
AIKEN, S.C.-- East Carolina junior Andre Thorsen shot a even-par 140 Monday and completed the first 36 holes of competition in a three-way tie for first place at the 10th Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. Thorsen fired a 68 in his second round to move to par. The Pirates are in fourth place as team after carding rounds of 294 and 293 to finish with a score of 27-over par.
Virginia Tech recorded two of the top three team rounds on day one to sit atop the leaderboard at 13-over-par. The Hokies carded rounds of 286 and 287. USC Aiken, two-time defending champs of the event, is in second at 21-over par following a tournament-low 282 in round two.
The 54-hole event is being contested at the 6,565 yard, par 70 Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. and hosted by the Pacers. Founded in 1892, Palmetto is recognized as the fourth oldest golf course in the United States and holds the oldest membership certificate to the USGA still in existence.
USC Aiken, three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions, followed up an opening round 299 with a two-over-par 282 to bolt from 10th place into the runner-up slot with 18 holes to play. Elon (+26) is third followed by East Carolina (+27) and Maryland (+28) rounding out the top five.
Elon's Jimmy Lytle grabbed the lead after round one with a two-under-par 68 before shooting two-over in the second round, while USC Aiken's Matt Burroughs posted scores of 71 and 69.
Monday's best round belonged to USC Aiken sophomore All-American Roberto Diaz. After shooting an opening round 76, Diaz rebounded with a five-under-par 65 after five birdies on the back nine to sit tied for fourth. The 65 is one shy of current Nationwide Tour star Johnson Wagner's (Virginia Tech) record round of 64 set in 2002.
Tuesday's final round will begin with fixed tee times starting at 9 a.m. East Carolina's first group will tee off the day beginning at 11:24 a.m. and continuing to 11:56 a.m. The Pirates will be playing with College of Charleston and Maryland.