Mize is medalist again and CSU finishes 2nd

October 22, 2013 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Columbus State University golfer Robert Mize watches his tee shot from the Hole #1 Tuesday morning at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational. 10/01/13

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KILLEN, Ala. -- The Columbus State men's golf team, led by medalist Robert Mize's second straight first-place finish, finished second Tuesday at the TVA Credit Union Classic.

The Cougars, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll placed second behind host school No. 13 University of North Alabama by five strokes. CSU shot 879 and UNA posted a score of 874. The tournament was held at the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club and fielded 14 teams.

The Cougars were in second place after both rounds Monday behind North Alabama. UNA and CSU both hit team scores of 294 Tuesday.

Mize was at the top of the leaderboard after the first two rounds. His second round of 67 on Monday was a tournament best, and he shot a 74 Tuesday to complete the three-round competition as the only golfer to finish under par at three-under (213).

"I am so very proud of Robert," said head coach Mark Immelman. "To have one win a season is a great achievement but to have multiple victories -- two in a row -- elevates him to the very top of the national spectrum."

CSU's Yannick Gumowski moved his way up the top-10 and earned second-place honors, just one over par after shooting a 69 Tuesday for a total of 217 strokes. Bryan Lichimo carded a 75 today to add to his pair of 74 rounds Monday for a total of 223, seven-over in a tie for 11th. Cates Culpepper shot 78 and was 14-over (230) to tie for 28th and James Clayton had a round of 76 to finish 15-over (231) to tie at 31st place.

The Cougars will hit the greens again on Oct. 28 and 29, when they compete in the McDonough Cup at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The tournament is hosted by No. 19 Rollins College.

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