Welborn Begins Pacer Career With Victory at Kiawah Island Invitational

Welborn Begins Pacer Career With Victory at Kiawah Island Invitational

Final Individual Results

Final Team Results

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken junior golfer Taylor Welborn began his Pacer career strongly by winning the Eighth Annual Kiawah Island Invitational at the 6,875 yard, par 72 Cougar Point Golf Course.

Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) posted a final two-round tally of 5-under 139 (68-71) to best Georgia Southwestern's JP Griffin (140) by one stroke.

The two entered the final round of play tied after carding 68s in the first round of action. Welborn's 71 in the second round bested Griffin's 72 in round two by one stroke, allowing Welborn to secure individual medalist honors.

Georgia Southwestern claimed the overall team title at the Eighth Annual Kiawah Island Invitational with a two-round team total score of 585 (284-301). The Hurricanes stumbled in the second round with a team score of 301, but their blistering 284 in round one allowed them to hold off the host Pacers (588) by three strokes. Armstrong Atlantic State finished in the third at 583. 

Three Pacers finished in the top 15 in total as Matt Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State) concluded the tournament in 12th at 148 (75-73), while Mark Dickson (Edinburgh, Scotland/Firrhill) tied for 14th at 149 (75-74) with six others.

Nationally 18th-ranked USC Aiken will next travel to play in the SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate at the par 72 Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C. The tournament will take place on Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Pacers are six-time champions in the event, having last won the tournament in 2006. USC Aiken claimed the crown in the tournament five-straight times from 1992-96.

Kiawah Island Invitational
Team Totals
Round 2 Results


1          Georgia SW                284-301--585           +9

2          USC Aiken                 293-295--588     +12

3          Armstrong Atlantic    296-297--593           +17

4          Belmont Abbey          296-298--594           +18

5          Carson Newman        298-301--599           +23

6          Georgia College          296-308--604           +28

7          Concord University   299-307--606           +30

8          Barton College           300-308--608           +32

9          USC Beaufort             298-313--611           +35

10       North Georgia            313-302--615           +39

11       Coker College             310-308--618           +42

12       St. Andrews                294-325--619           +43

13       Catawba College        316-313--629           +53

14       Mount Olive               309-321--630           +54

15       Bluefield State           318-315--633           +57

16       Fairmont State           318-330--648           +72

17       Erskine                       310-342--652           +76

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