LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The LaGrange College golf team won its second consecutive USA South Conference tournament championship Sunday at the Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C.
It took the title, its third in four years, with an 871 total, 19 shots ahead of runner-up Methodist of Fayetteville, N.C.
"I feel great. This is the toughest NCAA Division III conference in golf. This is one of our best teams ever and we've had some good ones," said coach Lee Richter.
The Panthers, ranked second in the nation in the coaches' poll, got their fourth tournament victory of the year with a final round score of 298.
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Cory Howard, the USA South Player of the Year, was low medalist in the tournament. He finished with a 6-under 210 total, finishing eight shots ahead of teammate Osborn Theam. Howard had rounds of 69, 70 and 71.
Theam had a final round 77 for a 218 total. Logan Lanier shot a 74 to finish at 221 good enough for seventh place.
Ryan Najim finished with a 223 total, and Eric Havixbeck finished at 235.
"I couldn't be prouder of a bunch of guys," Richter said.
The tournament for the national championship will be May 12-15 in Greensboro, N.C.