Climbing The Leaderboard

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
286

 
+6
(24) Columbus State
294

 
+9
(RV) Delta State
289

 
+9
(RV) Coker College
299

 
+14
(8) Georgia College
296

 
+16
(RV) Valdosta State
304

 
+18
(18) UNC Pembroke
304

 
+18
(12) North Alabama
297

 
+18
(21) GSW 305

 
+20
Lander 298

 
+20
(RV) Clayton State
301

 
+22
(RV) Florida Tech
309

 
+25
(RV) Queens
303

 
+27
(RV) Carson-Newman 306

 
+30
Saint Leo
314

 
+32
West Georgia
304

 
+32
           
( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes

GSW SCORES

Place   Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Current
T12 J.P. Griffin 75

    +2
T35
Matthew Whittaker
75

 
+6
T46 Anders Olsson 79       +8
T59
Nate Gahman 82

 
+9
T79*
Jungsun Lee 78

 
+13
87
Andrew Ritchot
76

 
+16
           
* participating as an individual rather than as a team member