Conover, NC – The Columbus State University men's golf team shot a nine-over par 297 Tuesday morning to jump three spots in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. The regional is taking place at the Jones Course at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa Club in Conover, North Carolina.
The Cougars are currently tied for 15th with a two-day score of 22-over par 598. Georgia College leads the regional after 36-holes with a four-over par 580. Florida Tech (581), Barry (584), UNC Pembroke (584) and USC Aiken (584) round out the top-five. The top-five teams and the top-two individuals with not a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Senior Daniel Glidwell had the best day of any Cougar firing a one-under par 71. Glidwell is now in a tie for 14th place with an even-par 144 after two-rounds. On Tuesday, Glidwell had four birdies on the front nine while also bogeying the par-five fourth. He closed the day out two-over par on the back nine for his one-under 71.
After a rough Monday, Steven Paine stepped up for the Cougars shooting an even-par 72 in the second round. Making the turn with an even score card, Paine birded hole 10th before triple-bogeying the par-four 11th. However, the senior responded birding the 13th and 15th to get back even. He will begin play in a tie for 84th place tomorrow.
Rourke Van der Spuy fell back to the pack Tuesday after shooting a three-over par 75. The round did not get off to a good start for the senior as he bogeyed hole four and double-bogeyed the par-four sixth. Van der Spuy came right back at it on the next hole by recording an eagle on hole seven. After a birdie on hole 12, the senior's up-and-down day continued as he bogeyed two of the three next holes. He ended the round with a birdie on 17 and then a double-bogey on the 18th. Van der Spuy is currently three-over par for the tournament and is in a tie for 28th place.
Stephen Swanepoel lost two strokes in day two from day one as he shot a seven-over par 79. Out of the first seven holes, the senior recorded four bogeys before a birdie on the eighth. After a bogey-bogey-birdie stretch, Swanepoel closed out his round with a double-bogey on 16 and a bogey on the par-three 17th. He will begin play tomorrow in a tie for 94th place with a score of 12-over par 156.
Justin Grice had Columbus State's drop score in round two posting an eight-over par 80. Grice only knocked in one birdie in the entire round while registering a triple-bogey on the final hole. He is in a tie for 99th place with a 15-over par 159.
Jeff Evanier of Eckerd holds the day two lead after firing a four-under par 68 in round two. He is six-under par for the tournament. Matt Atkins of USC Aiken and J.P. Griffin of Georgia Southwestern are tied for second at four-under par.
Columbus State will tee off at 8:20 a.m. tomorrow morning on the 10th hole in the third and final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional.