Kim-Moss, Kennedy turn in top 10 finishes for men’s golf at day one of Aflac Cougar Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Carson-Newman's Jonathan Kim-Moss (Mississauga, Canada) and Nicklaus Kennedy (London, Ontario) are both at even par (142) after two rounds to open the Aflac Cougar Invitational. 

The Eagles sit in seventh place with a 585.  C-N is three strokes away from an eighth-ranked Florida Southern club for fifth place. 

"Our experienced players played well today," Carson-Newman head men's golf coach John Minor said. "Nick played a very good ball the second round.  Any time you're even par through 36, that's something to be proud of."

Kim-Moss and Kennedy shot inverse rounds.  Kim-Moss began with a 69 (-2) before finishing with a 73 (+2).  Kennedy shot a 73 to begin before finishing with a 69. The duo is six shots off the lead, held by Florida Southern's Tim Crouch.

Corey Bray (Caryville, Tenn.), opened the day with an even-par 71 before slipping in round two with a 79 (+8) to finish day one in a tie for 43rd.

"We gave some things away and our youth showed its age today in the second round," Minor said. "We're a little disappointed with how we finished each round. But it's a lot to build on against a strong field. Because of that we're encouraged for tomorrow."

Rafael Jackson (Rutledge, Tenn.) rounded out the day's scoring with a 77 (+6), followed by a 74 (+3).  He sits in a tie for 52nd

"This requires precision golf and that's difficult playing 10 hours of that," Minor said. "We're in good position to move up against a loaded field.  So while we may be disappointed with how the rounds finished, we're certainly not discouraged."

The Eagles conclude tournament play Tuesday with a single round.  


7 Carson-Newman 290 295 585

T8 Jonathan Kim-Moss (1) 69 73 142

T8 Nicklaus Kennedy (3) 73 69 142

T43 Corey Bray (5) 71 79 150

T52 Rafael Jackson (2) 77 74 151

86 Dalton Reese (4) 83 82 165