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HERSHEY, Pa. - With a team score of 305 in the final round, the seventh-ranked Columbus State men's golf team saw its season come to an end with a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championship. The tournament was played at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

The top eight teams advanced on to the match play portion of the tournament beginning on Thursday.

With the low round of the tournament on Wednesday, third-ranked Florida Southern led after stroke play. No. 2 Barry and top-ranked Nova Southeastern ended in second and third, respectively.

Joining those three in the match play portion are fifth-ranked Lynn, No. 9 USC Aiken, No. 4 CSU-Monterey Bay, No. 18 Missouri-St. Louis and No. 6 Western Washington.

Yannick Gumowski and Robert Mize each posted Columbus State's best score in the final round as each ended at four-over par.

Starting on the back nine, Gumowski dropped two strokes on his third hole of the day with a double-bogey on 12. Birdies on 14 and 16 moved him back to even-par and a birdie at one put him under par for the first time on the day. From there though, the redshirt-freshman recorded three bogeys and another double for his round of 75. Gumowski finished the tournament tied for 44th.

Mize entered the day with the Cougars' best score, but did not record a birdie in the final round. The Columbus native posted just four bogies on the round with pars on the other 14 holes. He captured a top 20 finish in his first NCAA Championship ending in 19th place.

For the second straight round, redshirt-sophomore Bryan Lichimo carded a five-over 76. Three bogies over the first nine holes put him three-over at the turn, but he managed two birdies on the final nine along with two bogies and a double bogey to end the round. Lichimo was 59th overall at 17-over for the tournament.

Also finishing in 59th was freshman Jack Stumpfig. After a bogey at 15 and a double at 16, Stumpfig started his final nine with his only birdie of the day on hole one. A five hole stretch from holes three through seven saw him fall to eight-over where he ended the round.

Redshirt-sophomore Jesse Gibson entered the day at 10-over, but withdrew from the round midway through the round due to dehydration.

The Cougars' season ends after their 32nd overall appearance in the NCAA Championship. The 32 appearances are the second-most all time in Division II.

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