College Sports

Men's golf team finishes 11th in first tournament

The Winthrop men's golf team opened the 2007 fall season with an 11th place finish in the 23rd annual Raines Development Group Intercollegiate that was held Monday and Tuesday at the Country Club of South Carolina course in Florence.

The Eagles opened the 54-hole event on a down note Monday as they stood in 15th place after shooting a 36-hole total of 617 (303-314).

Winthrop improved four spots on Tuesday with a 302 for the final 18 holes.

The top finisher for the Eagles was senior Pete Alminas who finished in a tie for 34th place at 226 (74-80-72). Jacob Carlsson fired a 227 (76-78-73) in his first collegiate match.

Winthrop's other three scores were turned in by junior Kelly Manders who finished 52nd with a 233 (77-78-77); junior Brent Martin, 58th with a 236 (79-77-75); and junior Andrew Buergler, 75th place at 243 (86-78-79).

Furman rallied from 13 strokes back over the final 18 holes with a 3-under par 285 to capture the team with a 13-over par 877 (298-294-285).

Francis Marion University, the host school and leader after the first 18 holes, finished fifth.

Troy University's Michael McGrady fired a final-round even-par 72 to earn medalist honors. He finished at four-under-par 212.

Winthrop will return to action Oct. 6-8 when they travel to Durham, N.C. for the Coca-Cola Duke Classic.

• VOLLEYBALL -- Junior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann collected her career kill number 1,000 and the Winthrop volleyball team sailed past Davidson, 30-28, 30-23, 30-22.

After capturing their second straight win and third in the past four matches, the Eagles are now 4-9 on the season, while Wildcats fell to 5-8 overall.

Sitzmann, who needed five kills to reach 1,000, was the heart of Winthrop's offense as she recorded 13 kills and hit .360. Sitzmann also posted five block solos to set a new career high for that category.

Senior outside hitter Tara Toepke also stood out on Wednesday as she repeated Sitzmann's 13 kills and hit a career-high .393.