Cougar Golf In Lead After Day One at Matlock
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
In search for its first tournament title of the season, the 23rd-ranked Columbus State University men’s golf team has an eight-stroke lead after two rounds of the Matlock Collegiate Classic. The tournament is being held at the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla.
The Cougars were very consistent on Monday shooting one-over 289’s in both rounds for a 36-hole score of 578. No. 19 Florida Southern (586), No. 13 Florida Tech (587), No. 3 West Florida (591), and No. 5 Lynn (593) round out the top-five.
“I am so proud of the way our boys battled today,” stated CSU Director of Golf Mark Immelman. “They have worked hard in the leadup to this opening weekend and it is heartening to see the work pay off. Hopefully, they can finish the job tomorrow.”
Junior All-American Jordan Doull will also look to bring home an individual title back to Columbus on Tuesday. Doull is one of two players in the red after 36-holes with a four-under 140. He is five strokes behind Max O’Hagan of Florida Tech. The junior was impressive in the morning session with a five-under 67 before closing his day with a one-over 73. He had the best first-round score out of all 81 golfers in the event.
Looking for his fourth top-10 finish of the year, Ronan Kleu is currently tied for sixth. Kleu shot an even-par 72 in round one and a two-over 74 in the afternoon. Overall, the sophomore is two-over 146.
Preston Wagaman rebounded in a big way in round two after struggling with a five-over 77 to begin the day. Over the final 18 holes, Wagaman posted a one-under 71 to climb up the leaderboard. He will begin Tuesday tied for 13th at four-over 148.
Cole Cruickshank and Arran Kanth both ended Monday tied for 36th place with seven-over 151’s. Cruickshank was on in round one firing a one-over 73 but struggled to close his day. The senior posted a six-over 78 for the drop score.
In his first collegiate action, Kanth had the first round drop score for CSU with a nine-over 80. However, the freshman showed his poise. He came back with a one-under 71 to finish his day in impressive fashion.
Columbus State will close out play in the Matlock Invitational on Tuesday morning.