Columbus State finishes as national runner-up in NJCAA DIII Men's Golf Championships

Columbus State finishes as national runner-up in NJCAA DIII Men's Golf Championships

CHAUTAUQUA, New York – After a week of consistent play, the Columbus State men's golf team finished as the NJCAA DIII National Runner-Up behind Georgia Military College (Milledgeville, GA) on Friday. This marks the first national runner-up finish for the Cougars which includes a history of two national championships (1993 and 2003) and numerous national tournament appearances.

As a team, Columbus State shot 313-308-308-310—1239, 24 strokes behind the national champion Bulldogs (300-307-309-299—1215) and nine strokes ahead of the third place finisher, Minnesota State (314-315-314-305—1248).

Two Columbus State golfers were named All-Americans at the conclusion of play. Freshman John Carlisle (Johnstown/Johnstown Monroe HS) led the Cougars with a 78-73-72-73—296 (+8) for First-Team status while sophomore Dominic Caminiti (Worthington/Thomas Worthington HS) shot 79-76-77-78—310 (+22) to receive Third-Team All-American recognition. 

Other scorers include sophomore Philip Campisi (Upper Arlington/Bishop Watterson HS), who tied for 21st place with a 78-82-78-79—317 (+29), freshman Christopher Dearth (Dublin, Home School) who placed 23rd with a 78-79-81-80—318 (+30), and freshman John Mikulec (Galena/ECOT) who carded an 82-80-84-81—327 (+39) for a 38th place finish out of 88 competitors.

Unseasonably cool and rainy conditions led to higher scores in the first round at the par 72, 6,571 yard Chautauqua Golf Club. Rounds 2 and 3 saw conditions and scores improve with the national championship still within reach. The Cougars went into the final round 13 strokes behind Georgia Military but couldn't pull off what would have been a miraculous 5-under par round to win it all.

"It was a great tournament on a challenging course and I'm proud of how they handled the entire week. I saw a lot of leadership and we have a great group of young men who conducted themselves commendably," said head coach Rocky Nelson.

Complete results of each round can be found here:


1st – Georgia Military College, 2nd - Columbus State Community College, 3rd – Minnesota State Community and Technical College, 4th – College of DuPage, 5th – Nassau Community College,t - 6th – Niagara County Community College & Sandhills Community College, 8th – Anne Arundel Community College, t-9th – Onondaga Community College & Harrisburg Area Community College, 11th – Jamestown Community College, 12th – County College of Morris, 13th - Community College of Rhode Island.


6th  - John Carlisle, 13th  - Dominic Caminiti, t-21stPhilip Campisi, 23rdChristopher Dearth, 38thJohn Mikulec