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CSU finishes 5th at AFLAC/Cougar Invitational

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After sitting in seventh place for most of the tournament, the 13th ranked Columbus State men's golf team leapfrogged over two teams to finish in fifth place at the Aflac/Cougar Invitation at the Country Club of Columbus on Tuesday afternoon. Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia Southwestern won the event with a four-over par team score of 856.

"Congratulations goes out to Georgia Southwestern. They played a flawless tournament", stated head Cougar golf coach Mark Immelman. "As a team, I was disappointed with our fifth place finish, but I'm proud how we keep moving up the leaderboard. We did many things wrong but we have a lot to build on.

Rounding out the top-five was No. 3 Lynn (861), No. 4 Barry (874), No. 14 Georgia College (876) and CSU (882).

The top-scorer for the Cougars was Stephen Swanepoel. The senior picked up where he left off yesterday as he had an even par score through the front nine. He continued his great work birding hole 13 and gaining pars on the remaining holes for a one-under par 70. He finished the tournament in a tie for fifth place with a one-over 214 score (75-69-70).

Rourke Van der Spuy had a rough start to his final round of the tournament bogeying four holes through the first nine. The All-American rebounded however birding holes 15 and 17 to end his final round with a four-over 75. The South African finished the Aflac/Cougar Invitational in a tie for 21st place with a score of 220 (74-71-75).

After having success in the first round, Justin Grice struggled finishing in 39th place after 54-holes. In round three, Grice had a one-over par score through 10 holes but then scored a bogy or worse in four out of the final seven holes. He finished the round with a five-over par 76 for a final tally of 224 (71-77-76).

The final team scorer for the Cougars in round three was Steven Paine. Paine shot his best round of the tournament ending the day with a three-over par 74. The senior finished the tourney with a three-round score of 230 (80-76-74).

Johan Swanepoel also competed in round three for Columbus State. He posted a round of 77 to end the tournament with a 54-hole score of 228 (76-75-77).

Daniel Glidewell had a tough day shooting as an individual player as he turned in an 84. Glidewell finished in a tie for 51st place with a three-day score of 226 (71-71-84).

Craig Gibson of Georgia Southwestern won the individual trophy as he posted a three-round score of 211 (68-71-72). He narrowly edged out his teammates of Christopher Hall and J.P. Griffin who finished in second and third respectively.

Columbus State will be in action next week as they will compete in the Indian Bayou Classic at the Indian Bayou Golf Club in Destin, FL.

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