CSU Fourth at Matlock; Flagler Sixth at Spring Kickoff

Flagler's Juan Iturra
Flagler's Juan Iturra

Columbus State finished in a tie for fourth at the Matlock Intercollegiate while Flagler was sixth at the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate as they along with Georgia College were the first men's golf teams to begin the spring 2019 season this week.

Cougars Finish T-4th At Matlock Collegiate Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Columbus State University men's golf team held its position on Tuesday and finished tied for fourth at the Matlock Collegiate Classic. The two-day tournament was played at Lone Palm Golf Club.  Georgia College was 12thin the 15-team field.

Columbus State entered the day in fourth and finished there after shooting 296 over the final 18 holes. The Cougars finished with a 54-hole total of 875. 

Third-ranked Lynn (855) held on to the top spot winning by just two after top-ranked Barry (857) made a late push. Sixth-ranked West Florida (858) finished in third, while the host school No. 7 Florida Southern (875) tied the Cougars for fourth. 

"I am very happy with our start to the spring season," head coach Mark Immelman said. "The boys played well. The good news is we still have a few things that we can improve on as we head deeper into the championship season."

Jordan Doull finished as the top scorer for CSU in the tournament posting a 1-under 71 in the final round. The sophomore finished tied for third overall at six-under through the 54 holes. 

Ronan Kleu had three birdies in the final round finishing tied for 11th overall after he carded a 2-over 74 in the last 18 holes.

The Cougars posted two eagles in the tournament with each happening in the final round. Both eagles also came on the 14th hole, one by Doull and the other from Preston Wagaman. Wagaman posted a final round of 3-over to finish tied for 30th.

Cole Cruickshank entered the clubhouse with a 4-over 76 to finish tied for 38th while Adam Aycock carded an 81 to tie for 74th. 

For Georgia College, junior Austin Mancilla paced the Bobcats as he did for two of the three fall tournaments. Mancilla finished 14th at one-over, posting rounds of 73, 69, 75. He missed the top-10 by two strokes. The junior carded birdies on the par-four Nos. 9 and 14 today.

Second on the team and 32nd overall in the 75-golfer field was Daniel Davis. The sophomore posted rounds of 79, 71 and a team-low final round of 74 to finish eight-over. He had birdies on three of the four par-fives today.

Freshman Hilton Beck was 44th at 12-over. He owned a pair of 78s sandwiched around a 72. The final two Bobcats finished within a stroke of each other, freshman Isaac Samples getting the better of sophomore Drew Duffie. Samples was 63rd at plus-19 with 77, 78, 80 and Duffie finished 65th at plus-20 with 77, 77 82.

Iturra finishes third and the Saints sixth at Spring Kickoff

ST. AUGUSTINE – Juan Iturra finished in third place with a 1-over 217 (71-73-73) and the Flagler College men's golf team finished in sixth place with a 44-over par 908 (302-301-305) at the 19-team Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at the St. Johns Golf & Country Club (par: 72, 7,136 yards).

This was Iturra's first top 10 finish since winning the same tournament last year (Feb. 12-13) with a 3-under 210.

Queens University of Charlotte held off the host school, No. 16 (Golfstat Division II Relative Ranking) Lincoln Memorial University, by one stroke to claim the team title. The Royals shot a 27-over 891, but the Railsplitters made a charge in the final round with a 292 only to fall short. Carson-Newman University (+31), Barton College (+34), and Palm Beach Atlantic University (+37) rounded out the top five.

Wanjoo Lee of Coker College finished atop the 104-man field with a 3-under 213. He shot the lowest round of the tournament with a 5-under 67 in the second round. Jonathan Noble of Queens finished two shots back at -1. Following Iturra was Harry Boyle and Sam Broadhurst of Lincoln Memorial (+2).

Chun Yan Leong finished in a tie for 26th place with a 13-over 229 (77-76-76). Mitchell Bowlin (+16) finished in a tie for 34th place while Charles Collings (+17) followed in a tie for 42nd place. Mauro Baez(+18) rounded out the team scorers. Felix Villamil (+22), playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 67thplace.

Up next for the Saints is the Southern Tide Classic March 3-4 at Travelers Rest, South Carolina.