The Columbus State men’s team saw its season come to an end Wednesday in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional.
The Cougars shot a 12-over-par 300 in the final round to finish at 24-over 888. They slipped one spot to a tie for sixth with Nova Southeastern.
Only the top five teams advanced to the NCAA championships. Lynn won with a 863 (289 on Wednesday), followed by St. Leo at 866 (288), Florida Southern at 868 (291), West Florida at 874 (299) and Barry at 882 (293).
Gideon van der Vyver led CSU with a 2-under 70. He finished tied for eighth at even-par 216. Yannick Gumowski shot a 76 to finished tied for 36th at 226. TaeHyung Kim and Duncan van der Vyver both shots 77s. Kim finished tied for 26th at 223. van der Vyver finished tied for 44th at 227.
Robert Mize’s 80 did not count toward the team score. He tied for 70th at 232.
“I feel for our boys,” CSU Director of Golf Mark Immelman said in a news release. “They tried their collective hearts out until the very last shot. It’s not nice not to qualify, but we will take this in stride.
“I would have loved to see our seniors get to go to Denver for a shot at the title but sometimes it is just golf and how it goes. It didn’t go our way today, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.”