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Cougars lead going into final round

COLUMBUS, Ga. — In its opening tournament of the season, the No. 11 Columbus State University men's golf team holds a 12-shot lead after the first two rounds of the Aflac/Cougar Invitational. The tournament is being played at the Country Club of Columbus.

The Cougars are the only team in red figures after the opening day with a team score of five-under par 563. No. 13 West Florida is the closest team to CSU, seven-over par (575) through one day of play. Lee (576) is third overall with No. 14 Georgia College and Lander tied for fourth at 579.

The 18-team field features 13 teams ranked or receiving votes in the latest GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll.

Yannick Gumowski led the way for the Cougars through the first two rounds. The redshirt-sophomore began his day with a two-under par 69 carding five birdies over the first 18 holes. He followed it up with five more birdies in round two finishing with a one-under 70. The native of Germany heads into the final round in third place, three shots behind the leader.

Setting the tone for the day, Robert Mize birdied his opening hole and sits tied for fourth overall. The sophomore posted a two-under 69 in round one before an up-and-down round of 71 left him at two-under for the tournament after 36 holes.

After playing in just two tournaments last season, junior Cates Culpepper matched Mize's two-under total through two rounds to tie for fourth as well. The Columbus native was even par after one round and one-over through 15 holes in round two before he birdied the final three holes of the day.

Also factoring in for CSU was Bryan Lichimo. The redshirt-junior is tied for 21st after two rounds of one-over par 72. Both rounds featured three birdies and four bogies.

In his first tournament as a Cougar, junior James Clayton recorded CSU's drop scores in each of the first two rounds. The transfer from Truett-McConnell College struggled in the opening round with a 10-over 81. Clayton played much of the second round at one-over before a triple bogey on the 17th hole pushed his final tally to four-over for the round and 14-over for the tournament.

Tim Crouch of Florida Southern will enter the final round as the leader after firing a five-under par 66 in the second round to have a 36-hole total of six-under 136. Robert Prior of Lander is two strokes back in second. 

Columbus State will be in the final group teeing off in Tuesday's final round. The Cougars will be paired up with West Florida and Lee with the first group hitting the course at 9:40 a.m. ET.

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