WILSON, N.C. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team stands eighth after one round Monday at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional, held at Wilson Country Club. The Bobcats are three strokes out of fifth with two rounds left, the top-five squads moving on the NCAA Finals.
The Bobcats shot an opening round 292 at eight-over par on the par-71, 6,839-yard course. Georgia College is tied with No. 4 Florida Southern College and Columbus State University for that eighth spot.
Junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) fired a first-round 69, just two strokes off the lead in fourth. Yonz had three birdies to go with an eagle on the par-five 14th. He was at-par or better on the last six holes in the lowest round of his three-year career.
Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) is 48th at three-over, but finished strong with at-par or better on the last five. Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) tied Johansson at three-over. Shida stumbled out of the gates, but was masterful from hole six on without a single hole over par in that stretch.
Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was a stroke behind in 62nd with just one birdie on the day. Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) was seven-over in 89th. He birdied the par-four eighth and had seven holes over par.
Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival No. 8 Lander University is the team leader at a two-under 262. The Bearcats are a stroke ahead of No. 3 Barry University and three in front of No. 12 Nova Southeastern University. Fourth is No. 21 St. Leo University at four-over, with No. 9 Lynn University in fifth at five-over par.
Valdosta State University’s Chesley Gunn is the individual leader at a four-under 67, holding off Daniel Claytor of host Barton College and Lander’s Bryan Newton by a stroke.
Round two is set for tomorrow, with Yonz teeing off first at noon on the 10th hole. He’s teamed up with golfers from Barry and Barton.
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