Gallman Takes Lead Into Final Round Of Palmetto Amateur
June 5, 2009
Aiken, S.C. - USC Upstate men's golfer Josh Gallman finished the third round of the Palmetto Amateur Championship just where he started, in the lead. The Gaffney, S.C., native shot a steady 2-under-par 68 to move to 5-under for the tournament and will hold a two-stroke lead heading into Saturday's final round.
Gallman, a rising senior at Upstate, birdied two of his first four holes to move to 5-under for the tournament. He gave a shot back with a bogey at the par-4 sixth. He went on to par the next eight holes before recording birdie on the par-4 15th to move back to 5-under for the tournament. He leads all players with a 3.83 stroke average on the par-4s.
Gallman will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round over A-Sun rival Bill Jones III. Jones is a standout player at Mercer. He shot his third straight 69 to move into second place. Scott Strohmeyer and David Gies II are three shots back of Gallman.
Michael Lawrence, also a rising senior at Upstate, finished his tournament Friday. After turning in rounds of 74 and 70 in the first two rounds, he struggled Friday and finished with an 81. His 54-hole total of 225 was not good enough to make the cut for the final round, missing the cut by four shots.
In other golf news surrounding Upstate golfers, Baxter Culler and Jamie Lightsey led all golfers in the stroke play portion of the South Carolina Four-Ball Championship. However, the pair fell in their opening match-play match to end their run in the tournament.