To say College of Coastal Georgia’s golf team got off to a good start Monday at their own Fall Invitational would be an understatement.
The host Mariners carded a staggering 19 under through two rounds on Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat Course to grab a 22-shot lead heading into today’s final round. The total set a school record for lowest score after 36 holes.
Coastal’s A team separated themselves in the first round, carding a 10-under 278. The next closest finisher was a two-way tie between Keiser University and Point University, which was 16 shots back.
Mark David Johnson set the pace and another Mariner record. The Glynn Academy graduate carded a 9-under 63 in the first round to lead the medalist chase and also set the Coastal record for lowest score in a round. Johnson was five shots clear of teammate Chip Thompson and Point’s Eric Wowor, both of whom finished the first round at 4 under.
Coastal’s Jackson Lawlor was 1 over for his round while Eli Scott was 2 over to contribute to the Mariners’ score. Coastal’s B Team was in 13th place after the first round with Spencer Wright’s 77 topping the squad.
The second round was almost as strong as the first for the Mariners. Johnson and Scott carded rounds of 4-under 68 while Thompson added a 70. Kyle Kidd contributed the final score of the round with a 1-over 73. Wright again topped Coastal’s B Team in the second round with 74.
Johnson enters the final round with a seven stroke lead in the individual race with Thompson and Keiser’s Thomas Pirinoli sitting at 6 under for the tournament.
The Coastal women’s golf team is having its own success on Jekyll Island at their Fall Invitational. The Mariners carded a 27-over 315 on Jekyll’s Pine Lakes course to lead Palm Beach Atlantic by one shot.
Lauren Bird had the best round for Coastal with a 4-over 76. She is tied for third in the individual contest, tied with Palm Beach’s Jewel Jorgensen. Faulkner’s Hannah Sager and St. Andrews’ Lydia Randell are tied for first at 2 over.
Coastal’s Megan Thompson is in seventh place after carding a 78 while Kylee Wheeler is in eighth place with a 79. Keista Elder rounded out Coastal’s scoring with a 10-over 82.
The women’s tournament resumes today at Pine Lakes.