USC Aiken's Atkins loses in playoff

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In Hershey, Pa., USC Aiken easily made it into the match-play portion of the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship at Hershey Country Club on Wednesday.

The Pacers, behind Matt Atkins, who lost in a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors, finished in a tie for fourth place after the 54-hole stroke-play portion of the event. The top eight teams from the 17-team field advance to match play, which begins today.

On Wednesday, the Pacers shot 14-over-par 289, counted the 72 by Atkins, 74s by J.P. Solis and Taylor Welborn and 78 by Mark Dickson. Hayden Letien had a noncounting 80.

Atkins finished at 2-under 211, along with Florida Southern’s Tim Crouch (69 on Wednesday) and Western Washington’s Jake Webb (65).

Crouch ended up winning the playoff with Atkins and Webb tying for second place.

For the 54 holes, Welborn tied for 37th place at 226, Letien tied for 41st at 227, Solis tied for 59th at 230 and Dickson tied for 64th at 231.

Florida Southern shot 4-under-par 280 to be the top seed entering match play. Barry finished second at 876.

On Wednesday, the Pacers counted the 72 by Atkins, 74s by J.P. Solis and Taylor Welborn and 78 by Mark Dickson. Hayden Letien had the noncoutning score, an 80.

For the 54 holes, Welborn tied for 37th place at 226, Letien tied for 41st at 227, Solis tied for 59th at 230 and Dickson tied for 64th at 231.


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