A day after setting a school record for lowest round one score in program history, the College of Coastal Georgia men’s golf team faced a tougher test during the final round of the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational on Tuesday.
The weather went from picturesque to problematic at Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat Course from the first round to the second round. The scores were higher, but the Mariners still held on to win. Coastal scored a 304 on Tuesday but was still nine shots better than second place Keiser University.
Coastal men’s coach said the wind was blowing up to 20 mph during the second round.
“Yesterday was perfect weather, and we had the best round in Coastal Georgia history,” Cook said. “Today the weather was horrible. We weren’t quite ready for it. We have to play well in every condition, but I’m proud of the team.”
The Mariners’ Mark David Johnson shot a 76 after carding a 65 in the first round, but the Glynn Academy alum held on to take medalist honors at 3 under — one shot ahead of Reinhardt University’s Kameron Williams.
Johnson transferred to the team from Western Carolina but he was no stranger to Cook, who had given instruction to Johnson at Sea Island Golf Club.
“I taught him as a kid at Sea Island,” Cook said. “I’m very lucky to have him playing.
Kyle Kidd had the best performance of any Coastal golfer Tuesday with an even-par 72. It was second even-par round to finish in solo fourth for the tournament. Eamon Owen (76), Shaun Margeson(76) and Jackson Lawlor (77) were also in the top 10 individuals for Coastal.
The Mariners’ B team finished tied for third in the team competition along with some strong performances from Coastal golfers playing as individuals. Cook said this team has a chance to be really good partially because of its depth.
“We had some kids today playing on the B team that finished in the top 10,” Cook said. “This might be the most depth we’ve had since the 2015 team.”
The wind was also blowing hard on the north side of St. Simons Island at King and Prince Golf Course, where the women’s Winter Invitational was taking place.
The Coastal Georgia women finished in seventh place with SCAD-Atlanta running away with the win by 38 shots over second place University of Mobile.
Kylee Wheeler was a bright spot for the Mariner women, finishing in fifth place after carding a 78 on Tuesday.