PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team and head coach Jimmy Wilson were the model of consistency at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships Monday, carding two identical rounds of 294, good for second place in the three-round tournament. The Bobcats stand six strokes behind Armstrong Atlantic State University at 12-over par on the par-72, 7,057-yard Callaway Gardens – Mountain View course.
Three-time All-American Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) leads the way for Georgia College at even par with a pair of 72s, good for third overall. In the first round, Johansson birdied the par-five seventh and the par-four 10th. The second round was up and down for Johansson, requiring four birdies to balance out his four bogeys, as the senior got the seventh again.
Another former All-American, junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) stands four strokes behind with a pair of 74s in ninth. A double-bogey on 18 in the second round kept the junior from shooting even par.
PBC Player of the Year Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and second-team All-PBC choice Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) are tied for 10th at plus-five, Bide shaving a stroke off his first-round 75 and Shida adding three to his opening-round 73. Bide was at one under in his second round until a three-over stretch in his final five holes. Shida had a schizophrenic back nine, where in round one he was two-under par, the second round he shot five-over.
Junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) shook off the jitters of his first PBC Tournament, following an opening round 84 with a 74 in round two, counting toward the team score. He is 42nd overall at 14-over.
AASU holds off the Bobcats by six strokes, thanks in large part to tournament leader Parker Gordon (70-71=141) at three-under. UNC Pembroke’s Jordan Walor is one stoke off the lead at 142, followed by a tie at third between Johansson and Frederik Schulte of USC Aiken.
The final round begins tomorrow, with the Bobcats looking to chase down the team’s first PBC title since 2000.
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