Cougars Run Away From Field, Win Matlock Classic


The 23rd-ranked Columbus State University men’s golf team capped off the final day of the Matlock Collegiate Classic in style on Tuesday firing an eight-under 280 to run away from the field to capture the tournament title. The tournament was played at the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla.

The Cougars finished with a three-round score of six-under 858, 17 strokes ahead of second-place and 13th-ranked Florida Tech. No. 19 Florida Southern (877), No. 5 Lynn (878), and No. 3 West Florida (878) grabbed top-five finishes.

“That final round by our men was measured, clinical, and impressive,” commented Director of Golf Mark Immelman. “Truthfully, it is indicative of who we have long believed we are. Throughout the fall, we have shown this capability but one or two untimely errors, both mental and physical, have cost us the win.”

“To see our crew take the lessons they learned from the fall season and parlay them into early success, in a big event, in the spring is heartening and makes me very proud.”

Individually, the Cougars were well-represented in the top-five. Jordan Doull finished off his opening tournament of the spring with his third top-five finish. The junior went under par for the second round of the event to post a one-under 71. He finished in second place with a five-under 202.

Ronan Kleu was right behind his teammate grabbing a fourth-place result. One of only four golfers in the red for the tournament, Kleu shot a four-under 212. On Tuesday, the sophomore had his best round of the Matlock Collegiate with a five-under 67, tying him for the best round of the day and the event along with Doull and tournament winner Max O’Hagan.

Continuing to impress in his first action as a Cougar, Arran Kanth was back at it on Tuesday firing a two-under 70. The freshman just missed out on a top-10 finish tying for 11th with a five-over 221. Over the final two rounds, Kanth was three-under par.

Cole Cruickshank also saved his best performance for the final round to climb up the leaderboard. The senior shot an even-par 72 to close out his spring debut with a seven-over 223 to finish tied for 21st.

Also finishing in 21st was Preston Wagaman. Wagaman shot a very respectable three-over 75 for the Columbus State drop score.

Columbus State will look to carry the momentum into next week’s Newberry Invitational which will begin on Monday, Feb. 17. The tournament will be held at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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