Second-ranked South Carolina Aiken clinches Peach Belt championship
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Due to the weather, the Peach Belt Conference championship was reduced to one round and No. 2 South Carolina Aiken notched a total of 291 en route to the conference title Saturday afternoon while Brandon Robinson-Thompson clinched the individual championship at the par-72, 7,057-yard Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens.
It marks the second consecutive team championship for head coach Michael Carlisle's squad. The Pacers bested Georgia College by two strokes and UNC Pembroke by four, taking home the championship. The 291 total was the same score USC Aiken in the final round of the 2013 PBC Championship.
Robinson-Thompson, a first-team all-conference selection, registered a four-under par, 68, defeating Armstrong's Shad Tuten by a mere stroke for the individual crown.
Second-team all-PBC honoree Hayden Letien finished in a tie for the bronze after carding a 71. He amassed a one-under par score for the 18-hole tournament. Letien tied with the Bobcats' top finisher, Nicolas Falkinhoff, and the Braves' best golfer of the tournament, Michael Mullmann, for third.
Andrew Ward registered a three-over par, 75, while tying for 17th place. Second-team all-conference performer Kyle Godsman notched a five-over par, 77, en route to a 28th-place finish. Gaines Milliner totaled a 45th-place effort with a seven-over par, 79.
The team victory marked the fourth team title by the Pacers this season. The squad also won the Firestone Invitational, Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate and the Bobcat Invitational.
The title is the 10th PBC Championship in school history. The team claimed titles in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013.
USC Aiken will compete in the 2014 NCAA South/Southeast Regional May 5-7 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Savannah, Ga.