CSU’s van der Vyver Wins TVA; Lander Fifth at Copperhead

Columbus State's Gideon van der Vyver
Columbus State's Gideon van der Vyver

Cougars Second, van der Vyver Wins at TVA Credit Union Invite

KILLEN, Ala. - The 10th-ranked Columbus State University men's golf team turned in a runner-up showing on Tuesday at the TVA Credit Union Invitational. The tournament was held at the Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club.

While the team finished second, Gideon van der Vyver stole the show on Tuesday. The senior entered the final round in seventh place, but carded a 5-under par round of 67 to take the individual title at 4-under overall. The victory was the first of the collegiate career for van der Vyver.

Andrew Arft made it a pair of Cougars in the top five, shooting 2-over for the three rounds to tie for fifth. Matt Zerbel followed two shots back, taking 10th place overall.

After a tough first round, Duncan van der Vyver rallied back in rounds two and three and ended the tournament at 6-over in 18th place. K.J. Lee tied for 26th place at 9-over for the week.

Columbus State carded rounds of 297, 287 and 285 over the two days for a team score of 5-over 869. Tournament host and No. 17 North Alabama narrowly edged out the Cougars at 866.

Seventh-ranked Limestone (873), No. 25 Rollins (886) and No. 12 Arkansas Tech (892) rounded out the top five.

Columbus State has one tournament remaining in the fall, as the Cougars will travel to Miami for the Miami Intercollegiate at Doral Golf Club. The tournament will take place Oct. 30-31.

No. 23 Lander men's golf finishes fifth at Copperhead Championship

Palm Harbor, Fla. – The No. 23-ranked Lander golf team finished fifth at this week's Copperhead Championship. Sophomore Conor Richards was the top finisher for the Bearcats with a three-round 1-over par performance.  USC Aiken finished 10th with Georgia Southwestern 12th and Georgia College 15th.

Florida Southern claimed the team victory behind top five finishes from brothers John VanDerLaan and Michael VanDerLaan. Richards finished six strokes back of J. VanDerLaan who claimed the individual victory in a playoff over Saint Leo sophomore Alberto Castagnara.

Senior James Bartlett and junior Michael Brodie were the next highest finishers for Lander with 17th and 31st place performances respectively.

Sophomore Jon Parker and redshirt junior Garrett Atkinson rounded out the group of Lander qualifiers in the team competition with finishes of 50th and 51st respectively.

USC Aiken's August Lindvall posted a top-10 effort. He shot 74-70-71 for two-over par, 215. Lindvall garnered 10th place.

Johnson Holliday netted 20th place. He shot 73-71-74 for five-over par, 218. George Eubank finished 40th. He shot 74-74-77=225. Dan Sheehan tallied scores of 77-75-79 for 231. Matt Osborn registered scores of 78-76-85 for 239. He finished 70th.

Georgia Southwestern's Vincent Norrman made the biggest jump of any competitor in the 75-player field when he shot a final round 3-under par 68 to climb 20 spots in the individual standings on Tuesday. Georgia Southwestern closed out the day, and its fall season, in 12th place out of 15 teams. Norrman (214) tied for fifth on the leaderboard, just six strokes off the pace set by John VanDerLaan from Florida Southern College.

GSW (897) posted a final round 301 on the par 71, 7,209-yard Copperhead Course to finish the tournament 40 strokes behind winner Florida Southern (857) and 37 strokes behind runner-up West Florida (860).

Ryan Cahill (77-73-72) wrapped up his fall season with a 1-over par final round to finish tied for 31st. Oly Brown shot 14-over (74-73-79) for the tournament to tie for 46th. Nix Duncan (78-83-82) and Wil Hernandez (75-77-DNP) finished tied for 72nd and 75th, respectively.

Georgia College senior Justin Connelly posted the team's best round today at 72, matching sophomore Drew Duffie's second-round score for the team's best of the tournament. Connelly finished 55th in the 75-golfer field at 17-over adding his pair of 79s yesterday.

Tops on the squad was senior Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) in 51st place, posting rounds of 73, 79 and 77 for 16-over on the par-71 7,209-yard Innisbrook Resort-Copperhead Course.

Duffie finished 59th at 18-over with rounds of 81, 72 and 78. Classmate Matty Hines (Woodstock, Georgia)had rounds of 78, 82 and 82 for 29-over in 72nd place. Rounding out the Bobcats was junior Matias Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) in 74th at plus-36.