GSW, Norrman Claim Victory at AFLAC/Cougar Invitational
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A final score of 848 marked the lowest 54-hole total score in school history as the Georgia Southwestern golf team carded a round 3 low score of 280 (-4) to win the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. After ending day one in fifth place, the Hurricanes continued to rise up the leaderboard to win their first tournament of the 2019-20 season. GSW's Vincent Norrman opened his senior year with a remarkable first place win, shooting rounds of 71, 67 and 68 for a seven-under 206 as he ties for most individual wins (3) in GSW history.
Host Columbus State finished in a tie for fifth with Clayton State 17th.
Newcomer Chase McLain picked up a top-15 finish as he carded a round 3 score of 71 for a final score of 212 (-1), finishing in 13th place. Simon Estrada finished in 25th place, carding 72 for a score of 216 (+3) while Saksit Jairak finished in 33rd place with a score of 218 (+5). Cole Madison's 69 in round 3 gave him a final total of 221 (+8) as he sits in 51st place. Elias Birkeland, who played as in individual, shot a round 3 of 78 for 228 (+15) final score.
The Hurricanes previously won the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational back in 2011, shooting a 856 (+4).
Columbus State finished the tournament just one stroke back from fourth at one-over 853.
Jordan Doull was once again the top finisher for the Cougars in round three. The junior picked up three birdies over the final 18 holes to finish the round with a two-under 69 to tie for second place with a six-under 207. It's the second top-10 finish of the season already for the reigning Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Year.
Also grabbing a top-10 finish was sophomore Ronan Kleu. Kleu had a great back nine grabbing birdies on holes 14, 15 and 17, however, an double bogey on hole one took him out of contention. For the round, he shot a one-under 70 to finish the event with a two-under 211 to finish tied for 10th. It was the first top-10 finish of Kleu's Cougar career.
Cole Cruickshank carded an one-over 72 over the final round on Tuesday. He closed the day strong by birding three of the final six holes he played to complete his tournament with a five-over 218 score. The senior finished tied for 33rd on the leaderboard.
The final team scorer for Columbus State in round three was Louis Peeters. The freshman posted his best round of the Cougar Invitational with a three-over 74 to wrap up play with a 54-hole total of 16-over 229.
Clayton State was led by Joseph Kim who finished in a tie for 44th at 220. Raul Carbonell was six strokes behind in a tie for 70th.
No. 4 Florida Southern took home second place with a final score of 848 also but due to the tiebraker rule, GSW won the team playoff on the 1st playoff hole with a birdie by Norrman. No. 1 Lynn University (849) and No. 12 St. Leo (852) finished in third and fourth place.
Flagler 2nd, Three PBC Teams in Top 10 at Jay Jennison Cup
ST. AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College men's golf team opened its season by finishing in second place in the 10th annual Jay Jennison Cup, which was played on a sun splashed and hot Tuesday (Sept. 24) at The Palencia Club (par 72; 7,073 yards).
The Saints began the day leading the 14-team tournament by four shots, but the University of West Florida surged in the final round turning in a 3-under par 285 and finished with a 12-over 876. Flagler shot a 14-over 302 and finished in second place with a 54-hole score of 888 (+24). Rollins College (895) finished in third place at +31 while Belmont Abbey College (900) and Lander University (903) rounded out the top five. Young Harris was tied for seventh (909) with Georgia College in 10th (916).
Taking home medalist honors was West Florida's Carlos Marrero who carded a 4-over 212. He was the leader in the clubhouse at the conclusion of the second round yesterday at -3. Trystan Perkins of Rollins finished two shots back with a 2-under 214. Valentin Peugnet of Lander finished with an even par 216 to finish in third place. There was a three-way tie for fourth place at 3-over. Mauro Baez of Flagler, Michael Hay of Nova Southeastern University, and Tobais Jonsson all finished in fourth.
Flagler freshman Nic Whittaker had a great collegiate debut as he shot a 5-over 221 and finished in a tie for eighth place. Chun Yan Leong, the leader after the first round, finished in a tie for 10th place with a 6-over 222. Trey Wilson (230) carded a 14-over while Charles Collings (232) finished at 16-over.
The Saints had two individuals playing, Taylor Dickmann and Gonzalo Miquelarena. Dickmann finished at +22 while Miquelarena closed at +32.
For Lander, Chris Fortenberry finished tied for 10th, posting all 74's for a 222 score.
Conor Cull finished at 17-over par to tie for 38th. Jon Parker finished tied for 52nd, and Cameron Bell finished tied for 54th.
Freshman Tobias Jonsson was named to the all-tournament team as the No. 17 Young Harris College men's golf team finished tied for seventh.
In his first collegiate event, Jonsson carded a 73 in the final round to shoot 3-over par 219 for the tournament and finished tied for fourth place overall. The top five players were named to the all-tournament team. Peter Chung earned a top-20 finish as his 74 gave him a three-round score of 226, good for a tie for 19th place. John Bolger posted a 79 and came in 25th place at 228, while Valter Andersson signed for a 73 and tied for 50th place at 23. John Lichtenwalner shot his third consecutive 83 and finished in a tie for 68th place at 249.
Georgia College's Daniel Davis fired a 224 and finished tied for 15th to lead the Bobcats. Alex Wells was two strokes behind in a tie for 19th.