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May 15, 2003

Columbia,S.C. – The University of South Carolina men’s golf team, seeded eighth, begins the 2003 NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala., on Thursday, May 15. The 2003 tournament marks the Gamecocks’ eighth consecutive berth to the NCAA Regionals.

The Gamecocks will showcase the same five-man team as in the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships: 2003 First-Team All-SEC Eirik Johansen, Martin Rominger, West Streib, Alex Hamilton and Nash Elliot. Johansen and Streib both posted top 10 finishes at the SEC Championships and will be competing in their first NCAA tournament.

The par-72, 7,207-yard Auburn University Club will host the three-day event. South Carolina, paired up with Tennessee and College of Charleston, will tee off the first round of compeition at noon. Live results can be viewed via the internet at

This year’s bid to the NCAA tournament marks the 15th time the Gamecocks have advanced to the post season. The top ten teams from each region (east, central, west) will advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. on May 27-30. The last time South Carolina advanced past regionals to the NCAA Championships was in 2001.

EAST REGIONALAuburn University Club in Auburn, AlabamaHosted by Auburn University.
Teams (seeded in the following order):1. Clemson (Atlantic Coast)2. Augusta State3. Wake Forest4. Florida (SEC)5. Auburn6. Georgia Tech7. Tennessee8. South Carolina9. College of Charleston10. Vanderbilt11. Virginia Tech (Big East)12. East Tennessee State13. Duke14. Georgia State15. North Carolina-Wilmington16. Alabama17. Jacksonville State (Atlantic Sun)18. Georgia Southern (Southern)19. Penn State20. Charleston Southern (Big South)21. Maryland22. James Madison23. Rhode Island24. Yale (Ivy)25. Binghamton26. Liberty27. Jackson State (SWAC)