Greenwood, SC – The Columbus State University men's golf team shot rounds of 295 and 290 to finish the first day of the Bearcat Invitational in third place. The tournament is being held at the Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood, SC.
The Cougars will enter the final round 14-shots behind USC Aiken (571) and four shots from second place Georgia College (581). Carson-Newman (586), Newberry (589) and Flagler (589) round out the top-five.
All-American Rourke Van der Spuy played to his potential Monday shooting a two-under par 142. Van der Spuy was even par after the first 18 holes before shooting a two-under par 70 in the second and final round of the day. He will begin play tomorrow in eighth place.
Steven Paine had a rough first round Monday shooting a three-over par 75 but rebounded firing a one-under par 71 in the final 18 holes. He ended the day in a tie for 15th place with a two-round score of two-over par 146.
Justin Grice ended the first day of the Bearcat Invitational in a tie for 32nd place. He had CSU's drop score in round one shooting a five-over par 77. However, the senior rebounded to shoot a one-over par 73 in round two. For the day, he was six-over par 150.
Also in a tie for 32nd place is Johan Swanepoel. Swanepoel was two-over par (74) over the first 18 holes before shooting a four-over par 76. He is six-over par (150) for the tournament.
Daniel Glidewell shot a two-over par 74 in round one before falling on tough times. The senior shot a nine-over par 81 in the final 18 holes. Glidewell is tied for 60th with a 11-over par 155.
Columbus State will look for its best finish of the 2011-2012 season Tuesday as they compete in the final round of the Bearcat Invitational. CSU has finished in fourth place two times this season including at the Rollins College Invitational and the Outback Steakhouse Intercollegiate.