ETSU's Johnson takes early individual lead at SoCon Championships; Bucs trail by six strokes as a team

Friday, April 18, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 18, 2003) - East Tennessee State senior James Johnson (Barbados) shot a 3-under 69 Friday to claim the individual lead after the first day of play at the Southern Conference Championships being held this weekend at the par-72, 6,972-yard Forest Heights Country Club.

Daniel Sloan of Wofford trails Johnson by one stroke, while Charletson's Adam Grodhaus, Georgia Southern's Travis Mobley and Davidson's Dan Koernke are all tied in third place at 1-under-par with scores of 71.

As a team, the Buccaneers are currently third and trail front-running College of Charleston by six strokes. The Cougars shot a 1-under 287 to best second-place Wofford by four strokes.

While Johnson led the ETSU attack, sophomore Chase Baldwin (Plant City, Fla.) wrapped up the day tied for 10th with a 1-over 73. Meanwhile, freshman Derek McNamara (Galway, Ireland) finished tied for 14th at 2-over, sophomore Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) placed in a tied for 34th at 5-over, and sophomore Jeremy Hobson (Thonotosassa, Fla.) rounded out the Bucs' scoring tied for 41st with a 7-over 79.

Play in the 2003 SoCon Championships will resume Saturday, April 19 with the second round.

Southern Conference Championships
Forest Heights CC Statesboro, Ga.
Dates: 04/18 - 04/20 (Today:04-18-2003)
Par: 72 Yardage: 6962

Team Results Scores
1 Charleston, Coll. of 287
2 Wofford College 291
3 East Tennessee St. 293
4 Georgia Southern U. 294
5 N. Car.- Greensboro 298
6 Davidson College 300
7 Western Carolina U. 304
8 Furman University 306
9 Citadel, The 307
10 Tennessee-Chattanoog 309
11 Appalachian State U. 316

Individual Results School Scores
1 James Johnson E Tenn. St 32-37=69
2 Daniel Sloan Wofford 34-36=70
3 Adam Grodhaus Charleston 37-34=71
  Travis Mobley Ga. South 36-35=71
  Dan Koernke Davidson 34-37=71

ETSU Individual Results
3 East Tennessee St. 293
1 James Johnson 32-37=69
T 10 Chase Baldwin 35-38=73
T 14 Derek Mcnamara 37-37=74
T 34 Cennydd Mills 39-38=77
T 41 Jeremy Hobson 38-41=79
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