Cougars Two Shots Back at Copperhead Championship


The 24th-ranked Columbus State University men’s golf team is currently tied for second place after a strong performance over the first day of the Copperhead Championship on Monday. The tournament is being held at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Innisbrook, Fla.

The Cougars shot a seven-over 291 in the opening round before carding an impressive six-under 278 over the final 18 holes on Monday. CSU’s one-over 569 puts them only behind No. 4 Barry (567) for the tournament lead. No. 14 Lincoln Memorial also shot a one-over 569 on Monday.

Sophomore Ronan Kleu shined over the opening 36 holes for the Cougars shooting a four-under 138. Kleu was under par in each round posting a one-under 70 before closing out his day with a 68. He played his second round bogey free as he will open play on Tuesday in a tie for second place, just one stroke behind Tyler Bakick of Barry.

Senior Cole Cruickshank and junior Jordan Doull both ended Monday in a tie for 18th place with two-over par 144s. Cruickshank was consistent turning in one-over 72s in both rounds while Doull improved as the day went along. After shooting a four-over 75 in his opening 18 holes, Doull fired a two-under 69 over round two.

After having Columbus State’s drop score in round one, Preston Wagaman rebounded for the Cougars in the afternoon. In his first action of the season, Wagaman posted a two-under 69 to climb into a 30th place tie. Overall, the junior is four-over 146 for the event.

In his first collegiate tournament, freshman Cole Kirkland ended the day in a tie for 66th with a 10-over 152. In round one, Kirkland found two birdies for a three-over 74, but a rough stretch in round two saw his score stink to a seven-over 78.

The Cougars will tee off aiming for the Copperhead Championship title tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

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