HAMPTON, Ga. - Shaving a miraculous 13 strokes off their opening round, the No. 4 Georgia College & State University golf team moved from seventh to second at the State Farm/Laker Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Clayton State University. The Bobcats shot a two-round 577 (295-282) on the par-72, 7,202-yard course.
Georgia College is six strokes off the pace set by defending National Champions No. 1 University of West Florida.
Three of the Bobcat five bettered their scores in round two, none better than sophomore Joe Young's (Cochran, Ga.) nine-stroke improvement (77-68) for a 145 in 16th place. The team leader is junior Niclas Johansson(Skanor, Sweden), at seventh place with a 70-73=143.
Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) are both tied with Young, carding a 75-70 and 74-71, respectively. Junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) rounds out the scores at 65th with a pair of 76s.
Leading the individual charge is UNC Pembroke's Jordan Walor, posting a 70-69=139 for five-under.
The Bobcats were seventh after round one, standing at 295, two strokes out of the top five. Georgia College hasn't finished outside the top three in the first two tournaments of the season, giving them a stretch of six straight finishes in the top five dating back to last season.
The tournament finishes up with the final round tomorrow, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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