Thorsen Claims Second Place At Palmetto Intercollegiate
March 13, 2007
AIKEN, S.C.-- East Carolina sophomore Andre Thorsen shot an even-par round of 70 Tuesday to finish at even-par 210 and claim second place at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate hosted by USC Aiken. East Carolina finished sixth in the overall team standings (+43).
USC Aiken fired a final round of even-par 280 to win its third-straight Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate title. The three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions had shared their last two crowns with the University of Houston, but claimed the 2007 edition by six strokes over Virginia Tech. Sophomore All-American Roberto Diaz made it a clean sweep for the Pacer contingent, taking medalist honors with a final round 67.
The 54-hole event was 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.
Virginia Tech began the day eight shots ahead of USC Aiken following Monday's 36 holes, but a final round 294 bumped the Hokies to runner-up at 27-over-par. USCA carded the best round of the tournament, 280, to finish at 21-over-par. Nebraska entered the final round in a three-way tie for sixth, but a final round two-over-par 282 vaulted the Huskers into third place at 32-over-par for the tournament. The College of Charleston (+35) and St. John's (+41) round out the top five.
Thorsen put himself in contention for medalist honors with yesterday's first round score of 68 and second round total of 72 to finish the first 36 holes at even-par 140.
Pirate senior Robin Smith shot a four-over-par 74 to finish tied for 18th with a 10-over 220. Markus Leandersson and Tripp Brizendine each shot a seven-over-par on the final 18 holes. Leandersson (+27) completed the tournament in 43rd place, while Brizendine (+28) finished one stroke behind his teammate in 48th place.
ECU will co-host the Pinehurst Invitational, along with Indiana University, beginning Sunday, March 18, in Pinehurst, N.C.