GSW men’s golf team wins the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational

Published 4:22 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

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COLUMBUS, GA – A final score of 848 marked the lowest 54-hole total score in school history as the Georgia Southwestern State University men’s golf team carried a Round 3 low score of 280 (-4) to win the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. The tournament was played Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24, at the Country Club of Columbus.

After ending the first day of competition in fifth place, the Hurricanes continued to rise up the leaderboard to win their first tournament of the 2019-2020 season.

Vincent Norman opened his senior year with a remarkable first-place win by shooting rounds of 71, 67 and 68 for a seven-under-par 206. Norman is tied for most individual wins (3) in GSW history.

GSW newcomer Chase McLain picked up a top-15 finish by carding a Round 3 score of 71 for a final score of 212 (-1), which was good enough to finish in 13th place. Simon Estrada finished in 25th place, carding a 72 for a total score of 216 (+3), while Saksit Jairak finished in 33rd place with a score of 218 (+5). Cole Madison shot a 69 in Round 3, giving him a final total of 221 (+8). That was good enough to put him in 51st place.

Elias Birkeland, who played as an individual, shot a Round 3 score of 78 and a final score of 228 (+15).

The Hurricanes previously won the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational back in 2011, shooting an 856 (+4).

Up next for the Hurricanes is the GolfRank Invitational Tuesday and Wednesday, October 7-8, at the PGA National Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The tournament will be hosted by Nova Southeastern University.