Gibson medalist, CSU team runner-up at Aflac/Cougar Invitational -, GA News Weather & Sports

Gibson medalist, CSU team runner-up at Aflac/Cougar Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ga. - After a rainy day one, the Columbus State men's golf team continued its strong play on Tuesday and finished in second place at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational held at the Country Club of Columbus. Florida Southern took home the top spot, finishing four shots ahead of the Cougars.

Redshirt sophomore Jesse Gibson finished three-under par for the tournament to win the individual portion, his first win as a Cougar.

"It was a marathon," said Cougar head coach Mark Immelman. "It was made difficult by the weather delay and all the rain we had on the first day but it was a success overall. I thought we played well. It was a bit disappointing in the end but we're young and there's a lot to build on so I am excited."

Rain shortened day one of the tournament as play had to be suspended due to darkness. CSU entered Tuesday tied for second place, three shots behind Florida Southern.

The Cougars made a charge finishing round two with a one-shot lead. Yannick Gumowski led the way in the second round with a two-under par 69. Gibson shot a one-under par 70, matching his opening round score.

Columbus State posted its best team score of the tournament in round three, but it wasn't enough to hold off Florida Southern, which shot a combined three-under par in the third round for the victory.

Gibson posted the Cougars best score in round three, firing his third consecutive round of 70. Bryan Lichimo shot and even par 71 for his best round of the tournament. Robert Mize shot his best round of the week as well with a one-over par 72.

It was the second consecutive strong showing from Gibson after finishing tied for third in the Cougars opening tournament of the season at the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate.

"It was disappointing not to win as a team," said Gibson. "We played pretty well but we didn't finish strong. This was really huge for me though. I felt really good all tournament."

Lichimo shot six-over par 219 for the tournament, placing him in a tie for 12th. Jack Stumpfig finished in a tie for 20th after shooting eight-over par 221. Gumowski was just one shot behind him at nine-over par 222, tied for 28th. Mize rounded out the scoring for CSU finishing in a tie for 30th with a score of 10-over par 223.

Stephen Woodill, D.J. Tozier, Cates Culpepper and Johan Swanepoel each competed as individuals. Woodill posted the best finish, tying for 35th with an 11-over par 224. Tozier tied for 70th after shooting a 19-over par 232. Culpepper posted a score of 29-over par 242 putting him in 88th place. Swanepoel tied for 89th with a score of 31-over par 244.

The Cougars will hit the links again next Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9 at the Indian Bayou Classic in Destin, FL. The first and second rounds will be played on Monday with third round play on Tuesday.

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