COLUMBUS - Mother Nature played the role of rally killer on Monday as the 21st-ranked Georgia Southwestern men's golf team was in the midst of a strong comeback when play was suspended due to darkness in the second round of the Aflac/Cougar Invitational. The Hurricanes had jumped from 14th to ninth place before play was halted.
Round 1 of the tournament was not friendly to the field as a two-hour rain delay interrupted the action at the par-71, 6,515-yard Country Club of Columbus. GSW's best showings in the opening round came from J.P. Griffin and Matthew Whittaker who both shot 4-over-par. Andrew Ritchot was a stroke behind with a 76.
GSW finished with a 305 opening-round score.
GSW's turnaround was sparked by Griffin, who tied for third place at this event last year. The senior from Glennville opened Round 2 with three-consecutive birdies and quickly jumped from 25th to 11th. When play was suspended 27 holes in, Griffin stood at 2-over-par overall and tied for 12th.
Fellow senior Nate Gahman rebounded from an opening-round 82 to shoot 1-under through 10 holes of Round 2. Freshman Anders Olsson shot a 79 in the opening round but was even through 10 holes of Round 2.
No. 15 Florida Southern delivered the low round of the day with a 2-over 286 to take the early lead in the team standings. Host Columbus State and Delta State gained ground on the Mocs in Round 2 and stand three strokes back.
GSW returns to the links on Tuesday at 9 a.m. to complete the second round before playing the scheduled final round.
Live stats are available here.
2012 AFLAC/COUGAR INVITATIONAL - TEAM SCORES
|Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||Current|
|(15) Florida Southern
|(24) Columbus State
|(RV) Delta State
|(RV) Coker College
|(8) Georgia College
|(RV) Valdosta State
|(18) UNC Pembroke
|(12) North Alabama
|(RV) Clayton State
|(RV) Florida Tech
|( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes|
|Place||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||Current|
|*||participating as an individual rather than as a team member|