Columbus State University

Columbus State golfer Robert Mize ready for second half of final season

Columbus State's Robert Mize has won on all the various levels of amateur golf, but as his collegiate career heads into the closing holes, he has a good idea of what the future looks like.

Mize and the Cougars tee off Monday morning in the Matlock Collegiate Classic at Lakeland, Fla., as the 2015-16 season resumes for the spring portion.

CSU has five tournaments scheduled for the remainder of the regular season, culminating with the Peach Belt Conference Championships at St. Augustine in mid-April. From there, Mize and his teammates could earn berths in the NCAA regional.

But no matter how many tournaments the Cougars play, Mize knows the end is coming soon.

"I am going to try and turn pro," Mize said of his plans. "I plan on playing normal amateur stuff in the summer, then turning pro for (qualifying) school next fall."

If he makes it to the PGA Tour, he will be following in the footsteps of his father, Larry, who won the 1987 Masters and three other events on on the PGA Tour.

Amateur success

Robert Mize helped launch a golf dynasty at Brookstone School.

Mize helped the Cougars win a pair of state team championships in 2010 and 2011, the first two in a run of six straight state titles. He also won an individual state championship in '11.

When it came time to pick a university to attend, Mize chose Furman. But after being redshirted as a freshman, Mize decided to transfer to Columbus State.

The senior says it was a good decision.

"I think it was a good fit," Mize said. "I have a lot of friends here on the team. The chemistry is good."

Through his first 3½ years at CSU, Mize has won twice, the first two events in the 2013-14 season at the Aflac/Cougar Classic at the Country Club of Columbus and the TVA Credit Union Classic. He has eight other top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in the Aflac/Cougar Invitational in September.

Following the 2014 season, Mize won the Georgia State Amateur Championship.

As he heads into Monday's tournament, Mize said he knows what his goals are.

"They are not necessarily performance goals, not necessarily top 10s," he said. "I just want to see improvement in my game. The results aren't always going to be there, but if I am getting better than I am succeeding."