COLUMBUS, Ga. – Carson-Newman men's golf fired three of their four best rounds of the 2013 season and concluded the AFLAC Cougar Invitational in seventh place following a third round 296 Tuesday morning at the Country Club of Columbus.
Jonathan Kim-Moss (Mississauga, Canada) shot a 72 (+1) to finish in a tie for eighth. The finish is Kim-Moss' second consecutive top 10 finish. Kim-Moss finished seven strokes off Columbus State's Robert Mize's tournament champion finish.
"He hit some poor holes, but this was such a marathon," Carson-Newman head coach John Minor said. "He always has room for improvement. He'll have to take a few more gambles and aggressive to reach up into the top five. But still, considering the competition, Jonathan should be proud of another top 10."
Nicklaus Kennedy (London, Ontario) followed a season best 69 (-2) in round two with a 77 (+6). Kennedy was five strokes off Kim-Moss' finish and in a tie for 23rd.
"We had a very respectable finish at seven," Minor said. "That golf course proves that a finish for a lot of teams is difficult because of the length of the tournament and the finesse required to play it well."
Corey Bray (Caryville, Tenn.) rebounded from a round two 79 to shoot one-over (72) and finish in a tie for 36th. Dalton Reese (Warrenton, Ga.) rounded out the scoring for C-N with a 75, his second lowest round of the year. Rafael Jackson (Rutledge, Tenn.) finished the tournament in a tie for 59th following a final round 78.
"It really is a good finish because of the quality of competition," Minor said. "We're disencouraged. We're disappointed, but we're encouraged. We've got two more and a lot to be hopeful about."
The Eagles head to the TVA Credit Union Classic at North Alabama after a week off on Oct. 22.
7 Carson-Newman 290 295 296 881
T8 Jonathan Kim-Moss (1) 69 73 72 214
T23 Nicklaus Kennedy (3) 73 69 77 219
T36 Corey Bray (5) 71 79 72 222
T59 Rafael Jackson (2) 77 74 78 229
T81 Dalton Reese (4) 83 82 75 240