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March 22, 2003

Columbia, S.C. – After two rounds of the E-Z-GO Invitational, the University of South Carolina stands in seventh place with a two-round score of 580 (293-287). Clemson leads the 15-team field with 567, followed by Wake Forest and Auburn.

This year’s field showcases 12 teams that are currently ranked in the GolfWeek Ranking top 50. The Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. continues to produce soggy conditions from tremendous amounts of rain that has accumulated over the past week.

“This tournament has a very strong field and is one of the best we play against all year,” commented Head Coach Puggy Blackmon.

Eirik Johansen is continuing his stellar freshman campaign, with a four-under-par score of 140, tying him for fourth place. Johansen has already posted five top 10 finishes this season.

“Eirik continues to play solid, consistent golf and is playing impressively for a freshman,” stated Blackmon.

Standing in 19th place is Nash Elliot, who shot even-par 144. Teammates Alex Hamilton and Martin Rominger are tied for 41st after firing 148. Hamilton shot 75 in the first round and followed up with a one-over-par 73. Rominger tallied scores of 76 and 72. Redshirt freshman West Streib shot 151 to place 59th.

“We continue to get better and gain confidence as the season progresses,” stated Blackmon The final round of the E-Z-GO Invitational tees-off Sunday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m.

Gamecock ResultsT4 Eirik Johansen South Carolina 70- 70=140T19 Nash Elliott South Carolina 72-72=144T41 Alex Hamilton South Carolina  75-73=148T41 Martin Rominger  76-72=148T59 West Streib  76-75=151
Team Results1 Clemson 281 286 5672 Wake Forest Univ. 285 284 5693 Auburn 286 285 571T4 Florida 287 288 575T4 North Carolina State 288 287 5756 Georgia 289 287 5767 South Carolina 293 287 5808 North Carolina 293 288 581T9 Augusta State 290 296 586 T9 Tennessee, Univ. of 290 296 58611 Duke University 293 297 59012 Georgia Southern 299 292 591T13 Louisiana State U. 296 297 593T13 East Tennessee St. 291 302 59315 Ohio State Univ. 302 305 607