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Cougars tied for 7th after opening round of nationals

HERSHEY, Pa. — No. 7 Columbus State fired a team score of 297 and are tied for seventh after the opening round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship. The event is being held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

The Cougars are competing in their 32nd NCAA Championship and are searching for their seventh National Championship.

Second-ranked Barry has a six-shot lead after round one with an even-par team score of 284. No. 5 Lynn (290), No. 4 CSU-Monterey Bay (291), No. 6 Western Washington (292) and No. 1 Nova Southeastern (292) round out the top five.

Third-ranked Florida Southern (294) is sixth with CSU in a three-way tie for seventh with No. 11 CSU-Stanislaus and No. 10 Central Oklahoma.

Redshirt-freshman Robert Mize paced the Cougars on day one with an even-par round of 71. Mize kicked off the day with a birdie at the par-five first, but immediately bogeyed the second to move back to even. The Columbus native then pared the next 11 holes before a birdie at 14 put him back in red numbers. A bogey on 16 brought him back to level where he finished the round. Mize wrapped up round one in a tie for ninth place.

Playing out of the fifth position, Jack Stumpfig fired Columbus State's second-best round of the day. The freshman posted bogeys on two of his first four holes before settling in with a birdie on five. Stumpfig made the turn at one-over par before a bogey on 11 pushed him to two-over. The Villa Rica native closed out with seven straight pars for a round of two-over 73. The 73 leaves him tied for 23rd place.

Like Mize, Yannick Gumowski began his round with a birdie on hole one. After two bogeys, a birdie on five moved him back to even par. A bogey on eight left the redshirt-sophomore one-over as he made the turn. Gumowski remained one-over with five holes to play, but bogeyed four of his final five holes to end with a five-over 76 in 54th place.

Much like Gumowski, Jesse Gibson played nearly even-par golf until the final five holes of the round. Gibson played the front nine at two-over with a birdie and three bogeys. He gained a shot back on 12 with a birdie to get to one-over. The redshirt-sophomore then played the final five holes at five-over to complete his round in 67th place at six-over par.

At seven-over par, Bryan Lichimo shot the Cougars' drop score on day one. Two bogeys and a double-bogey made Lichimo four-over through four. Three bogeys on the back nine pushed him to his seven-over score. He is currently tied for 75th place.

The Cougars will be in the final groups teeing off in Tuesday's second round beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET.

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