March 22, 2010

#2 Bobcat Golf 10th After Two Rounds at Bobcat Invitational

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EATONTON, Ga. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team stands 10th of 17 teams after two rounds Monday at the Bobcat Invitational, hosted at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee. Georgia College followed a first-round 300 with a 296 for plus-36 on the Par-70, 6,730-yard course.

Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) is 14th at seven-over (74-73). Classmate Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) are two strokes behind in 23rd, both following first-round 75s by shaving off a single stroke.

Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) shot a 151 over two rounds (76-75) and is 11-over par in 42nd. Freshman Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) is 71st with a 158, 18 over par.

Georgia College also put five players as individuals on the course, led by Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) at plus-12 in 47th (80-72), owning the best turnaround of any Bobcat today. Pat Garrett was 71st, his 81 and 77 putting him 18 over par. Freshman Bernardo Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) had a pair of 81s in 82nd.

Sophomore Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.) carded a 166 in 88th place, and junior Rich Crumpton (Eatonton, Ga.) was one slot behind with a 170.

The University of West Florida and Lynn University are tied atop the team leaderboard at plus-22 in 582 team strokes. Five behind is Belmont Abbey College in third. The individual leader is BAC’s Peter Tarver Jones, putting up a tournament low 68 to go with his first round 71 and is the only golfer under par for the tournament. He holds off the duo of UWF’s Otto Bonning and the University of North Alabama’s Tyler Ekenberg by three.

The Bobcats hit the links for the final round of action Tuesday, March 23, as Smith tees off at 9:50 a.m. with golfers from UNC Pembroke and Nova Southeastern University.

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