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USC Beaufort men finish 3rd at NAIA National Championship

The USC Beaufort men's golf team's quest for a national title fell short Friday, but the Sand Sharks finished in third place -- the best finish in the program's brief history -- at the NAIA National Championship at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

The Sand Sharks had their worst day of the 72-hole tournament Friday, shooting 301 to slip one spot in the team standings. Oklahoma Christian ran away with the team title at 1,150, followed by British Columbia at 1,172 and USCB at 1,181.

"Winning is a funny thing in golf, because it not only requires good, solid play and making smart decisions, but it also requires some luck," USCB director of golf Shane LeBaron said. "I'm so proud of them. They were working hard. Their scores don't show how hard they worked. There was not an ounce of quit in anything they did."

The event was the last collegiate tournament for Chris Lane II, George Thacker and Jon Pannone, and all three went out strong. Lane and Thacker tied for eighth place to earn all-tournament honors, and Pannone was named a first-team selecton to the NAIA Ping All-American team.

The trio helped the Sand Sharks to three consecutive trips to nationals, finishing seventh in 2009, fourth last year and third this year.

"It's been special. It's been real special," Pannone said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the big one, but we had a special year that is going to be talked about by future teams, and it set the standard for the program."

NAIA Men's Golf National Championship

Final round

Friday, at TPC at Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.; Par: 71; Yardage: 6,983

Team scores

Oklahoma Christian 281-293-283-293--1150

British Columbia 293-295-293-291--1172

USC Beaufort 294-291-295-301--1181

Malone 293-302-300-287--1182

Lewis-Clark St. 289-314-293-287--1183

Grand View 294-295-297-300--1186

Cumberlands 295-294-302-298--1189

Johnson & Wales 297-288-305-299--1189

Texas Wesleyan 298-306-291-302--1197

Lee 292-300-298-309--1199

Oklahoma City 297-296-301-305--1199

Master's College 295-308-293-311--1207

St. Ambrose 305-305-289-308--1207

Southern Nazarene 299-305-297-311--1212

Point Loma Nazarene 300-304-305-311--1220

St. Thomas 298-300-315-309--1222

Our Lady of the Lake 302-298-309-315--1224

Top individuals

Oscar Stark, OklaChr 67-70-70-73--280

Axel Ochoa, OklaChr 71-74-69-71--285

Justin Lower, Malone 74-71-72-69--286

Michael Loppnow, WaylandBapt 74-70-70-73--287

David Sheman, BC 72-73-72-70--287

Andrew Robb, BC 71-72-70-75--288

Nick Soglanich, J&W 71-70-80-68--289

Chris Lane II, USCB 72-71-73-75--291

George Thacker, USCB 72-71-71-77--291

Pierre Carlsson, Cumb. 73-69-77-73--292

Stephen Edman, HolyNames 69-74-71-78--292

USCB scores

T8. George Thacker 72-71-71-77--291

T8. Chris Lane II 72-71-73-75--291

T37. Jon Pannone 73-75-77-76--301

T65. Luke McClellan 77-74-84-73--308

T68. Jack Bingham 79-76-74-81--310

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