CSU Dominates AFLAC Invite; UNG Takes Title at Full Moon

CSU Dominates AFLAC Invite; UNG Takes Title at Full Moon

The Columbus State men's golf team began their 2017-18 season with a dominating win at their own AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Tuesday.  Just across the river in Alabama, North Georgia was also atop the podium with a win at the Montevallo Full Moon BBQ Invitational.

Cougars Take Aflac/Cougar Invitational Title

COLUMBUS - Behind a record-breaking performance, the Columbus State University men's golf team took home the team title Tuesday at the Cougar Invitational presented by Aflac. The two-day tournament was played at the Country Club of Columbus.

The Cougars shot a tournament-record 17-under par 835 over three rounds of play to capture the victory.  Clayton State was the next-highest PBC team in seventh place while Lander was 10th, Young Harris tied for 11th and Georgia Southwestern 16th.

Fifth-ranked Florida Tech (845) finished a distant second, while No. 16 Saint Leo (848) rallied to take third. Limestone (861) and No. 15 Lee (861) shared fourth place.

Jordan Doull closed out his tournament with a round of 77, finishing one shot back of the top spot as the runner-up. The freshman was 7-under over three rounds after opening play with 65-64 on Monday.  His second-round 64 is tied for the fifth-lowest round in PBC history.

Andrew Arft and Gideon van der Vyver led the way for the Cougars on Tuesday, with each carding a 2-under par 69. Arft's first tournament at Columbus State finished in a fourth-place tie, while van der Vyver took seventh.

Matt Zerbel added an 11th-place tally at 1-under par for the tournament, with K.J. Lee tying for 26th overall at 3-over.

Clayton State fired their best team round on Tuesday with a 287 to finish in seventh place.  Leading the way for the Lakers was senior Luke Spooner with a 70-74-72-216. That performance was not only good for a tie for 26th out of 90 competitors, it also equaled his career-best for a 54-hole tournament.

Spooner was joined by junior Ivan Emiliano in a tie for 32nd with a 76-70-72-218. That 218 also represented a career-best, surpassing the 223 he shot at the South/Southeast Region Preview (3/28/17). Redshirt-junior Jack Clark and sophomore Nick Woof tied for 41st (72-75-73-220 and 74-71-75-220, respectively).

Lander fired a final-round 285 to finish in 10th.  Bearcat sophomore Conor Richards closed with a 73, while junior Michael Brodie finished with a 74 to tie for 17th place at 214. Sophomore Jon Parker carded four birdies on the day to finish at 2-over and tied for 49th in the event. Senior James Bartlett tied for 66th, while freshman Braydon Evans finished in 86th place. 

The No. 23 Young Harris Mountain Lions shot 299 on the par 71, 6,515-yard layout at the Country Club of Columbus to finish the 54-hole tournament in a tie for 11th place at 875. David Wallin was the top YHC finishers as he tied for 17th place at 214 after carding a 72, while Ryan Emery tied for 49th at 221 after posting a 76. Valter Andersson also registered a 76 and tied for 59th place at 223, while Anton Karlbom fired a 75 and tied for 62nd at 224. Trey Pearson tied for 70th place at 227 after a 78 in the final round.

GSW's Vincent Norrman shot a 2-over par 73 Tuesday to post a three round score of 218, good enough to tie for 32nd place. The Hurricanes carded a round of 291 as a team (885) on the par 71, 6,515-yard course to finish the tournament 50 strokes behind the winner, host Columbus State (835).  The score of 291 Tuesday was a six stroke improvement after posting two rounds of 297 on Monday.  

Ryan Cahill shot a 1-over par 72 (222) and Oly Brown turned in a 7-over 78 (229) to tie for 55th and 76th, respectively. Elias Birkeland carded a 5-over par 76 to tie for 83rd place (232).

UNG Men's Golf Breaks Records in First Place Finish at Full Moon BBQ Invitational 

CALERA, Ala. - Logan Archer finished the two-round tournament with a five-under-par 137 as the University of North Georgia men's golf team claimed the team title at the Full Moon BBQ Invitational, hosted by Montevallo, Monday at Timberline Golf Club.

The tournament win is the eighth in program history and the first time the Nighthawks have won the Full Moon BBQ Invitational since 2011. UNG shot a combined four-under-par 564, breaking the team 36-hole record by 14 strokes.  UNG's 564 was nine strokes ahead of runner-up and host Montevallo. 

Archer (68-69--137)also claimed the individual title, winning by two strokes over West Alabama's Brandon O'Pry and Montevallo's Gary King. The 36-hole total is good for second in school history.

Matt Elliott finished the tournament with an even-par 71-71--142, and Tanner Merck finished one stroke behind Elliott at one-over-par.  All five Nighthawks finished in the top-10 out in the 25-player field. 

The Nighthawks will next host the Fourth Annual UNG Fall Invitational at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega. The 54-hole tournament will start with 36 holes on Monday, October 2 and conclude with a final round on Tuesday, October 3.