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USC Aiken Claims Third Straight NCAA D-II Men's Golf Championship
(DANIELS, W.VA)---USC Aiken pulled away from a tight battle with league rival Columbus State to post a twelve-stroke victory at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship. The victory gave the Pacers their third consecutive national title, matching the feat accomplished by Florida Southern from 1998 to 2000.
St. Mary's (TX) junior Jamie Amoretti was the individual medalist finishing at even-par 280 for the 72-hole event. USCA's Dane Burkhart finished a stroke back at one-over in his bid for a repeat title. Florida Southern's Greg Koch was third at 282. Roberto Diaz (USCA) finished fourth (284), while Columbus State's Christian Ries rounded out the top five at 285.
The Pacers carded the tournament's low round with an even-par 280 on Friday. Freshman Matt Giftos had a 68 and Diaz added a 69. Scott Brown's 71 and Burkhart's 72 were the other two counting scores for USCA.
CSU-Bakersfield (+49), Lynn (+58), and CSU-Stanislaus (+59) completed the top five. Florida Southern (6th), Cameron (T7th), CSU-San Bernardino (T7th), Pfeiffer (9th), and St. Mary's (10th) held the sixth through tenth spots.
This year's championship was hosted by Concord University and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The host school improved three spots to 16th after shooting a 302 on Friday. The Mountain Lions' finish marked the best in school history. Darcy Donaldson finished in a tie for 42nd to post the best CU individual finish. Chris Cramer led the Mountain Lions on the final day with a 72.