HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Entering the day in ninth place, the 10th-ranked Columbus State men's golf team moved three spots up the leaderboard to sixth on day two of the South/Southeast Regional. The postseason event is being held at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL.
The Cougars matched their team score from round one posting a 10-over par 298 in the second round.
Top-ranked Nova Southeastern surged into the lead on Tuesday at five-under for the tournament. They hold a nine-shot advantage over No. 2 Barry (four-over). Fifteenth-ranked Georgia College (10-over), No. 6 Florida Southern (12-over) and No. 5 Lynn (18-over) complete the top five.
For the second straight day, Columbus State (20-over) and No. 18 West Florida (20-over) sit tied.
As he did on day one, Robert Mize fired CSU's best round on Tuesday. Mize began his day with a birdie at the par-five first before giving the shot back on seven. He bounced back though with birdies on eight and 10 to move him to two-under. A bogey on 11 and a birdie on 12 left him in red numbers. However, a bogey on 14 and a double on 15 knocked him to one-over par where he finished the round. His two-day total of 145 (one-over) has him tied for eighth overall.
Bryan Lichimo made the biggest improvement in day two for the Cougars. After posting Columbus State's drop score in round one, the redshirt-sophomore responded with a two-over 74. Bogeys on three and seven put him at two-over when he made the turn, but he got back to even with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14. Two bogeys over the final four holes ugh left him at two-over for the round. He is tied for 65th at 10-over for the tournament.
Following at 74 on Monday, freshman Jack Stumpfig fired a three-over par 75 in Tuesday's second round. He kicked off the day with a birdie at one, but proceeded to bogey two, five, seven and 11 to fall to three-over. A birdie on 14 and a bogey on 17 kept him at three-over par. Stumpfig is second overall for the Cougars in 31st place at five-over.
After a rough start to the day, Jesse Gibson bounced back to card a four-over 76 in round two. The redshirt-sophomore double-bogeyed one before bogeying two and three. Another bogey at five made him five-over through five holes. His game improved from there as he birdied eight, 13 and 14 to get to two-over. A hiccup on 17 cost him two shots to close out the round. Gibson is nine-over through two rounds in 57th.
Yannick Gumowski posted CSU's drop score on Tuesday with a five-over par 77. Two bogeys and two double-bogeys on the front nine put Gumowski in a hole at the turn. On the back side, the redshirt-freshman knocked down three birdies but also two bogeys to finish five-over. After two rounds, he is eight-over and tied for 50th place.