Matt Emery set the pace for the Flames and his fourth-place finish in the medalist chase earned the senior a spot on the five-man all-tournament team. Emery had rounds of 70-72-69 - 211 on the par-71 Country Club of Columbus course.
Junior Hunter Vest followed close behind with a 70-73-69 - 212. He tied for sixth in the group of 90 golfers.
“The truth is I expect this sort of play from Matt and Hunter because they are both very talented, but it would be a mistake not to mention what a great start they’ve had to the year. They are playing very well right now,” commented Maupin.
Sophomore Taylor Davis tied for 25th with rounds of 75-71-74 - 220. Freshman Shea Sylvester followed in a tie for 40th with a 73-74-76 - 223, and Peyton Sliger finished the tourney at 77-72-79 - 228.
Robert Mize directed host Columbus State to the team title. He finished the 54-hole event with a 67 on Tuesday and his final tally of 207 was one stroke better than Tim Crouch of Florida Southern, who came in at 208. Columbus State also nabbed the third spot in the medalist hunt when Yannick Gumowski came in with a 209. Lander’s Robert Prior tied Emery for fourth place and Vest followed.
Columbus States’ 850 team total was eight strokes better than the 858 posted by West Florida, while Georgia College (863) was one shot better than the Flames. Maupin pointed out that his team “let some shots slip away coming in during Tuesday’s round, and that leaves somewhat of a bitter taste. But it’s something we can definitely learn from.
“This was a good showing by our team,” Maupin explained. “Our guys have a lot to be proud of this week. All around this was a top-notch event. We appreciate Columbus State hosting us and it is a tournament we hope to attend in future years.”