Columbus State 16th after first round of the NCAA golf regional


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Columbus State men's golf team struggled to a 19-over-par 307 on Monday in the first round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

The Cougars are 16th, 19 shots behind leader USC Aiken.

"It was a tale of two nines for us," CSU coach Mark Immelman said in a news release. "We started out solidly, but a withdrawal after nine holes really changed our momentum."

The top seven teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA championships later this month. Lynn is seventh after the first round at 8 over.

CSU was forced to play with only four players as Cates Culpepper withdrew during the round with an injury.

Bryan Lichimo led CSU with a 74 and is tied for 28th. Robert Mize, who won the first two events of the season last fall, shot a 75 and is tied for 33rd.

Jack Stumpfig and Yannick Gumowski both shot 79. They are tied for 77th.

Barry's Scott Smyers leads the chase for medalist honors with a 66.

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