Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 13, 2013

GSW golf opens spring season with a 13 stroke victory

FLEMMING ISLAND, Fl. — The Georgia Southwestern men's golf team shot a 1-over-par 285 on Tuesday to run away with the team title at the 17-team Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate. GSW won by 13 strokes over King College (Tenn.).

Freshman Anders Olsson fired a tournament-low 66 in the final round at the 6,688-yard Fleming Island Golf Club to lead the Hurricanes. Olsson eagled the 18th hole to join Nick Brothers from Saint Leo University as individual runner-up in the 89-player field with a two-day total of 1-under 141.

Matthew Whittaker fired a 2-under 69 for the Hurricanes on Tuesday to finish a stroke behind Olsson and tied for fourth place overall with an even par 142. Olsson and Whittaker earned All-Tournament honors for their Top 5 finishes.

Nate Gahman carded a two-day total of 143 to tie for sixth place. Andrew Ritchot and J.P. Griffin shot a 76 on Tuesday. Ritchot finished tied for 18th and Griffin tied for 27th.

"Everybody played well," said head coach Darcy Donaldson. "As I've been telling them from Day 1, every shot counts. These guys have been working hard at practice and in the weight room, it's nice to see it pay off for them."

For Donaldson, the victory marks his first as a head coach.

"I wanted to win as bad as these guys," said Donaldson. "I'm happy for them."

Conner Godsey from Montevallo took home individual medalist honors with a 2-under 140.

Next up for the Hurricanes: the Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State, March 11-12, at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta.

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