Originally created 03/03/98

Overtime: USC golf team wins



The University of South Carolina golf team won the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship Monday, defeating Augusta State by 15 strokes and setting a record as well.

The Gamecocks, ranked 10th nationally, shot a final-round 290 at Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club to finish at 849, 15 under par, and 22 strokes better than Tulsa's lowest tournament total of 871 last year.

High winds with gusts over 20 mph kept most final round scores well above par and Augusta State's Jaguars were not able to make a dent in the 10-stroke deficit they faced going into the last round.

The 11th-ranked Jaguars finished at even par 864, two strokes better than No. 14 Florida and three below Florida State and Florida Southern.

Phil Walker of Arkansas was medalist with a 6-under-par 210, edging Florida State's George McNeil and Louisiana State's Mike Vallillo by one stroke.

South Carolina's Eric Ecker, Augusta State's Robert Duck and Wofford's William McGirt earned all-tournament honors. Duck finished at 3-under 213, three shots behind Walker.

Scott Parel of Augusta, who won the TearDrop Professional Golf Tour's Winter Open in Savannah last week, tries again as the tour opens a tournament today at Aiken's Cedar Creek Golf Club. It's a part of the tour's Aiken-Atlanta series with a top prize of $5,000.

SOCCER:

The nationally ranked University of South Carolina Gamecocks' men's soccer team will play host to UNC Charlotte on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium. Admission is free. The Gamecocks are coming off a 16-3-1 season, one of the best in school history.

BASS FISHING:

Wanda Rucker of Cocoa, Fla., became the first woman in history to win a Red Man Tournament Trail bass tournament. Rucker took first place and earned $4,438 by winning the Red Man Gator Division qualifier held Sunday on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland Martin's Marina. She landed a five-bass-limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces, to top the field of 342 anglers competing for cash prizes totaling $18,185.