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June 1, 2007

The University of South Carolina men’s golf team fired an even par 280 on the third day of the NCAA Championships, held Friday at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Gold Course (Par 70 – 6,803 yards). The Gamecocks have carded a nine-over par 849 (291-278-280) through three rounds and find themselves tied with Duke for 10th place entering Saturday’s final round. Only the top 15 of the 30 teams in the field will compete for the team title on Saturday.

“It was about 90 degrees and not much of a breeze today,” said Associate Head Coach Bill McDonald, “but the course is in great shape. We came back strong after a disappointing first round. Hopefully we will have a great final round tomorrow.”

Carolina freshman George Bryan IV (Chapin, S.C.) turned in his best round of the tournament, finishing with a four-under-par 66. He carded five birdies and just one bogey on the day, including back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to move into a tie for 14th place overall with a two-under-par 208.

Sophomore Florian Fritsch (Munich, Germany) also had his best round of the tournament, finishing with an even-par 70, including five birdies. Fritsch is tied for 127th place individually with a 222. Junior Mark Anderson (Beaufort, S.C) used an eagle on 15 to rally for his second straight one-over-par 71 and is in a tie for 83rd place overall with a 216.

Sophomore Mark Silvers (Savannah, Ga.) (three-over-par 73) and junior Warren Thomas (Columbia, S.C.) (four-over-par 74) rounded out the Gamecock quintet. Silvers sits in a tie for 57th individually with an overall score of 213, while Thomas is tied for 83rd with a 216.

“Anderson’s eagle on 15 was big,” said McDonald. “Florian came back with a birdie on 18 after a double bogey on 17. George keeps getting it done. The whole team is feeling good about themselves,” noted McDonald. “We’re stealing shots now instead of giving them away.”

Oklahoma State and Florida State edged Tennessee in a playoff for the final two spots after the three teams were tied following regulation. The SEC will have four teams among the final 15 squads competing on Saturday with Alabama, Georgia and Florida vying for the title along with South Carolina.

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T14. George Bryan IV 70-72-66=208

T57. Mark Silvers 74-66-73=213

T83. Warren Thomas 73-69-74=216

T83. Mark Anderson 74-71-71=216

T127. Florian Fritsch 76-76-70=222

TEAM SCORES (Top 15 advance to Saturday’s final round):

1. Stanford 828 (-12)

2. Coastal Carolina 830 (-10)

3. Charlotte 838 (-2)

Alabama 838 (-2)

5. Georgia 840 (E)

6. Georgia Tech 843 (+3)

7. UCLA 846 (+6)

8. Minnesota 848 (+8)

Florida 848 (+8)

10. South Carolina 849 (+9)

Duke 849 (+9)

12. Lamar 850 (+10)

Texas 850 (+10)

14. Oklahoma State 851 (+11)

Florida State 851 (+11)