February 23, 2009

Johansson Second, #6 Bobcats Fifth at Pirate Invite Day One

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Carding a two-under 142 after two rounds, junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) is three off the lead at the AASU/Southbridge Pirate Invitational, hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University. Playing at the par-72, 6922-yard Southbridge Golf Club, the No. 6 Georgia College & State University golf team is fifth at 301-300=601.

Just four strokes separate the Bobcats from second place, with one round left tomorrow. Johansson shot an opening 69 combined with a 73 to get his 142.

Sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) is tied for 12th, rebounding from an opening 77 to shoot par in the second round for a 149 total. At 151 is junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)), carding a 75 and 76 today for 15th.

Sophomore Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) is tied with Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at 47th, Yonz improving on his 82 opening round with a 79 second frame. Lima was at 80 and 81 for his first action of the spring semester.

The Bobcats finished runners-up at this tournament a year ago, after winning the team title in 2007. No. 24 Valdosta State University leads the team scores at 295-292=587. The Blazers' Brent Witcher is three strokes ahead of Johansson, posting a 69 and 70 on the day. Georgia College is third among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools, behind second place No. 8 Lander University and fourth place host AASU.

Georgia College tees off for the final round tomorrow, with Lima hitting the links at 9:18 a.m.

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