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Mize wins TVA Credit Union Classic, Cougars team runner-up

KILLIN, Ala. — The Columbus State men's golf team had another solid finish Tuesday at the TVA Credit Union Classic. The Cougars, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll placed second behind host school No. 13 University of North Alabama by five strokes. CSU shot 879 and UNA posted a score of 874. The tournament was held at the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club and fielded 14 teams.

The Cougars sat in second place after both rounds yesterday, behind North Alabama. Winner UNA and runner-up CSU both hit team scores of 294 today.

Robert Mize, who was at the top of the leaderboard after the first two rounds, recorded his second straight first-place finish. His second round of 67 on day one was a tournament best, and he shot a 74 today to complete the three-round competition as the only golfer to finish under par at three-under (213).

"I am so very proud of Robert," said head coach Mark Immelman. "To have one win a season is a great achievement, but to have multiple victories - two in a row - elevates him to the very top of the national spectrum."

CSU's Yannick Gumowski moved his way up the top-10 and earned second-place honors, just one over par after shooting a 69 today for a total of 217 strokes. Bryan Lichimo carded 75 today to add to his pair of 74 rounds Monday for a total of 223, seven-over in a tie for 11th. Cates Culpepper shot 78 and was 14-over (230) to tie for 28th and James Clayton had a round of 76 to finish 15-over (231) to tie at 31st place.

The 17th ranked Missouri-St. Louis squad came in third (904) to round out the tournament leaders. Other PBC opponents competing were Clayton State at eighth (921), Young Harris at 10th (926) and Georgia Southwestern at 12th (933).

"I have mixed emotions," remarked Immelman. "I am proud of the boys for their effort and their care, but I am disappointed at the result as we really could have made it two wins in a row."

Columbus State bested all competition in its last outing at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1., the first fall tournament for the Cougars this season.

"We have a lot to build on leading into next week," added Immelman.

The Cougars will hit the greens again on Oct. 28 and 29, when they compete in the McDonough Cup at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The tournament is hosted by No. 19 Rollins College.

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