by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team sits 18 strokes back of East Carolina University after two rounds of the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate. The Bobcats are in fourth place with a team score of 582 in the predominantly Division I tourney, but lead Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member and the only other Division II school Armstrong Atlantic State University by seven strokes.
Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) sits in second place and is two strokes back of individual leader David Watkins of East Carolina. The Bobcat junior fired rounds of 68-70 for a six-under 138 at the par-72 Savannah Quarters Country Club.
Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) shot plus-two 146 with rounds of 75-71 on the 7,016 yard course designed by Greg Norman. Francisco Bide is second for Georgia College and tied for 27th place overall. Classmate and Sweden native Niclas Johansson finished tied for 44th after the first two rounds of play and shot 72-78.
Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) finished fourth for the Bobcats. The junior shot plus-six 78 in the first round and managed to bounce back for plus-one 73 in the second to stand tied at 52nd.
Freshman Bernardo Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in his second tourney of the fall season stands tied at 60th. The younger Bide fired rounds of 78-75 for a six-over 153.
The Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate will conclude with round three tomorrow (Oct. 20), tee times starting at 8 a.m. Bernardo Bide tees off at 8:45 a.m. to get the Bobcats started, as they are paired with host Georgia Southern University and Furman University. This is the final tournament of the fall season for the Bobcats.
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