BY TRAVIS DAVID
MARSHALL — The Columbia College Men’s Golf team kicked off its spring season this week at the Missouri Valley Spring Invite.
The Cougars entered two teams into the field of nine at Indian Foothills Golf Course.
Former Palmyra standout Laithan Sublette helped lead the Columbia College “B” team to a second-place finish, while another former Panther stalwart, Noah Wilson, helped the Cougars “A” team to a fifth-place effort.
Sublette finished tied for seventh overall with a 54-hole total of 218 as the Cougars’ “B” team fell nine strokes off the pace set by William Woods.
Paced by medalist Logan Smith’s 15-under par total of 201, William Woods posted a team total of 861.
For CC, Sublette shot an even-par 72 on the 6,501-yard course during his second round. The score helped the Cougars to a second-round team total of 282 which was the lowest score of any team for the entire tournament.
The left, who twice earned a pair of all-state performances with Top 5 placings at the MSHSAA state championships while at Palmyra, opened the tournament with a 73. Sublette also wrapped up the third round with the same 1-over-par round.
Tanner Edler paced the Cougars “B” team with a three-round total of 215 (-1) which was good for fifth place in the overall standings. After firing a 4-under 68 in the second round, Edler struggled with a 76 over his final 18 holes.
Wilson tallied a 223 (+7) for the tournament, which was good for T15 and third on the Cougars’ “A’ team.
South Shelby grad Kanon Kendrick led the Cougars’ “A” team with a 54-hole total of 218 (+2) which tied him with Sublette for seventh overall.
Freshman Preston Bennett, a 2020 Hannibal graduate, played as an individual and carded a three-round total of 220 — good for T11. Bennett’s 54-hole total was the best among individual players not counting on a team score.
The 54-hole hole tournament was scheduled to have played the first two rounds on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday. But inclement weather forced a delay of the second round which concluded Tuesday morning before the start of the final round.
Columbia College will return to the links on March 29 and 30 at the William Woods Invite played at Tanglewood Golf Club.