Wednesday, April 02, 2008
MACON, Ga. – On the heels of picking up two more individual titles in March, USC Upstate’s Josh Gallman tied the mark of former ETSU great Rhys Davies by winning his third Atlantic Sun Golfer of the Month award, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Gallman, a sophomore business major from Gaffney, S.C., continued his torrid season in March, competing in four tournaments and claiming two wins and four top-10 finishes. He won the individual championship with a 3-under-par total at the Lonnie D. Small Classic hosted by A-Sun member Campbell and in a field with three other A-Sun schools. A week later, he captured the individual title with a strong 8-under total at the Samford Invitational. After two weeks off, he made the trip out to California for the Lamkin Grips/Cal Poly Invitational and took home a tie for 10th. He closed out the month by finishing third at the Wofford Invitational. For the month, he played 11 rounds and scored par or better nine times, breaking par in six rounds and recording a stroke average of 71.2 per round.
Gallman and the USC Upstate squad will conclude their first season of Division I competition in two weeks at the Palisades Intercollegiate in Charlotte, N.C, starting on April 14.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers:
Bill Jones III, MER (Jr. – Conyers, Ga. - Business) – Jones III fired a tournament-best, three-under 68 in the final round of the Larry Nelson Collegiate; The 68 marked a season-best for Jones III and the fourth-place finish was also his highest showing this season; Leads the team with a 72.6 average per round.
Cian McNamara, ETSU (Sr. – Limerick, Ireland. – Sports Management) – Turned in best performance of the year at the U.S. Collegiate Championships; Twice posted his best round of the season, 1-under par 71s in both the first and third rounds; Finished 13th; Tied for 20th at the General Jim Hackler Championship.
Michael O’Neal, UNF (Sr. – Jacksonville, Fla. – Criminal Justice) – Had a pair of top-10 finishes and a top 20 in his three events; Tied for 16th at the General Jim Hackler Invitational; Jumped from 103rd into a tie for 10th at the Furman Invitational with a season-low 68.
Blake Palmer, GWU (Jr. – Dawsonville, Ga. – Business Administration) – Posted a two-round 150 at the Lonnie D. Small Classic, tying for 28th; Notched a two-round 143, one over par, to take fifth at the First Market Bank Intercollegiate; Shot a GWU best +9, taking ninth, at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational.
Oliver West, KSU (Sr. – Birmingham, England – Business Management) – Ran his top-10 streak to four-events, (three this month); Fired a career-low 67 at the Linger Longer; Led the Owls to their first win of the season, recording a second round 68 and sixth place finish at the Larry Nelson.