Columbus State Men's Golf End Season at NCAA Regional
Conover, NC – The Columbus State University men's golf team shot a 16-over par 304 Wednesday morning in the third and final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. With their performance, the Cougars finished in 19th place with a three-round score of 38-over par 902.
Georgia College captured the South/Southeast Regional by shooting a one-over par 288 in the final round. For the regional, the Bobcats were five-over par 869. Barry (870), Nova Southeastern (872), UNC Pembroke (876) and USC Aiken (880) will all advance to the NCAA Championship next week.
Matt Atkins of USC Aiken was the individual medalist shooting a six-under par 210. J.P. Griffin of Georgia Southwestern, who came in second place shooting a five-under par 211 and Jeff Evanier of Eckerd, who came in a tie for fifth place with a four-under 212 will also advance to the National Championship.
Stephen Swanepoel had his best round of his regional shooting a one-over par 73 Wednesday. Starting on the back nine, the senior pared the first three holes before double-bogeying hole 13. Swanepoel was bogey free for the next six holes before going to three-over par at the par-four second. After that, the South African got into a rhythm birding the fourth, fifth and eighth. However, he finished the day with a bogey on the ninth. For the tournament, Swanepoel was 13-over par 229 and finished in a tie for 79th place.
Senior Daniel Glidewell struggled a bit after shooting a one-under 71 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Glidewell posted a four-over 76. Teeing off at the 10th, Glidewell bogeyed five holes on the back nine including back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th. His final nine holes of the day were much better as he birdied holes five and six before bogeying the seventh. Glidewell was the highest finishing Cougar coming in a tie for 19th place with a three-day score of four-over par 220.
Steven Paine also shot a four-over 76 in round three on Wednesday. The senior had a very good day with the exception of three holes. On the 13th, Paine triple-bogeyed the par-four hole and made consecutive bogeys on the fifth and sixth. He had two birdies on the day one at the 16th and the final one on hole four. For the tournament, Paine was 14-over par 230 and came in tie for 82nd place.
Rourke Van der Spuy finished his career at Columbus State by shooting a seven-over 79. The 2011 All-American did not make a birdie in the final round and had a triple and a double bogey. He was 10-over par 226 for the regional and finished in a tie for 58th place.
Justin Grice once again had Columbus State's drop score. The senior bogeyed three of his first holes and the closed the round out with back-to-back bogeys are holes eight and nine. In the 54-hole event, Grice was 23-over par 239 and came in 104th place.