Play suspended at Cougar Invitational due to darkness

Play suspended at Cougar Invitational due to darkness
Monday, October 5, 2009 | by Newberry one of three teams with unfinished first round

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Newberry College men's golf program was unable to complete the first round of the Cougar Invitational at the Green Island Country Club due to darkness on Monday evening.

Two other teams, Barton College and the University of West Georgia, were also out on the course when play was halted. The unfinished first round will be completed preceding Tuesday's second round at the par-72 course in Columbus, Ga.

The University of North Alabama is the tournament leader with a 4-under par stroke total of 280 while Barry University is 1-under par with a 283.

Individually, two Newberry golfers were able to complete the first round. Freshman Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) and senior Sean Collard (Gauteng, South Africa) each shot first round of 73 (+2).

Through 15 holes, junior Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) and senior Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) were both at even-par when play stopped. After back-to-back bogies on holes 12 and 13, Lown picked up an eagle on 14. Burnside had three birdies in his first round.

Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) is currently at 1-over par and had back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 before the course became unplayable.

The completion of the first round and the start of the second round will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.