October 2, 2012

Aflac/Cougar Invite Recap: 'Canes Struggle On Final Day, Finish Tied For 11th

COLUMBUS - The 21st-ranked Georgia Southwestern men's golf team was unable to capitalize on a strong Round 2 comeback and slid to 11th place on the final day of the Aflac/Cougar Invitational at the par-71, 6,515-yard Country Club of Columbus.

The Hurricanes 304 score in Round 3 was the highest team total of the day and third-highest of the tournament. GSW posted the second-highest score in Round 1 with a 305 but rebounded with a 289 in Round 2.

J.P. Griffin tied for 16th overall in the 90-player field with a 7-over-par 220 total. Griffin opened Round 2 with three-consecutive birdies, including one on Hole #2 which was birdied only four times the entire tournament.

Nate Gahman finished with a 226 for the Hurricanes. Gahman dropped 10 birdies over the two days which tied for fifth-most in the tournament.

Matthew Whittaker finished with a 230. Anders Olsson was a shot back of Whittaker at 231 and Andrew Ritchot carded a 234.

No. 15 Florida Southern (11-over-par 863) held off host Columbus State (867) for the team title.

Jesse Gibson from Columbus State fired three rounds of 70 to win the individual championship with a 3-under-par.

GSW returns to the links on Monday (10/8) for the Indian Bayou Intercollegiate hosted by North Alabama at Indian Bayou Golf Club in Destin, Fla.

 

2012 AFLAC/COUGAR INVITATIONAL - TEAM SCORES

  Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total  
(15) Florida Southern
286
296 281 863
+11
(24) Columbus State
294
287
286
867
+15
(12) North Alabama
297
287
287
873
+21
(8) Georgia College
296
293
291
880
+28
(RV) Coker College
299
295
288
882
+30
(RV) Valdosta State
304
290
289
883
+31
(RV) Carson-Newman 306
288
293
887
+35
(18) UNC Pembroke
304
290
295
889
+37
(RV) Florida Tech
309
288
294
891
+39
(RV) Delta State
289
302
303
894
+42
(21) GSW 305
289
304
898
+46
(RV) Clayton State
301
300
297
898
+46
Lander 298
299
303
900
+48
(RV) Queens
303
302
297
902
+50
Saint Leo
314
299
300
913
+61
West Georgia
304
313
299
916
+64
           
( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes

GSW SCORES

Place   Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total  
T16 J.P. Griffin 75
70
75
220
+7
T43
Nate Gahman 82
71
74
226
+13
T61
Matthew Whittaker
75
76
79
230
+17
T66 Anders Olsson 79 72
80
231
+18
T75
Andrew Ritchot
76
82
76
234
+21
T82*
Jungsun Lee 78
78
83
239
+26
             
* participating as an individual rather than as a team member

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