Carlisle leads Columbus State men’s golf to NJCAA regional runner-up

Johnny Carlisle
Johnny Carlisle

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Columbus State men's golf finished its 2017-18 as the NJCAA Region XII runner-up. Sophomore John Carlisle carded a 72-71-73—216 (E) to finish second individually, nine shots behind low-medalist Keegan McCullough (68-69-70—207) of Vincennes University.

A total of three teams and 18 individuals competed this week for spots in the NJCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship, which will be conducted June 5-8 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York. Only the winning team and the individual champion (if on a different team) earns a spot at the national tournament.

The Cougars, who shot 309-300-303—912 over three rounds, finished 41 shots behind Vincennes, who posted a 7-over par team total of 871 (297-286-288). Schoolcraft College concluded with 306-317-312—935 (+71). Delta College also participated but did not post a team score, sponsoring just three individuals.

The two-day, par 72, 54-hole event at Bedford Valley Golf Course opened with soggy conditions and saw players completing 1 ½ rounds each day.

Freshman Nicholas Darling tied for sixth place after finishing with a 78-76-70--224 (+8). Freshman Jacob Wilson shot a 77-73-75—225 to tie for eighth place. Freshmen Cody Stonebraker and Adam Hobson rounded out the Cougars' scoring with a 250 (+34) and 261 (+45) respectively.

Columbus State has advanced through the NJCAA Region XII tournament 16 times since 1990. Then-head coach Jeff Parker led the Cougars to 15 Region XII championships and 15 consecutive appearances in the NJCAA DIII national tournament, including two national championships. Current head coach Rocky Nelson led the Cougars to one Region XII championship and one national runner-up finish.

Full results can be found here.