by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College golf team shot their way into 11th place at the SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate, a primarily Division I event.
The Bobcats are 16 off the pace of first place Furman University with 587 strokes. GC stands three strokes out of ninth place and five strokes out of seventh. Samford University takes second with 573 and the College of Charleston rounds out the top-three with 575 strokes.
Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) paced the Bobcats shooting a 71 and a 73 on the first day, good for a tie at 15th. Smith is at even par on the par-72, 7,062-yard Country Club of South Carolina Course.
Junior Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) and sophomore Bernardo Bide (Olavarria, Argentina) are knotted at 44th, shooting a total of 149. Bide was the only 'Cat to record an eagle on day one. Both men improved greatly upon their first round scores.
Sophomore Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) rounded out the top four for GC shooting a 73 and 77, tied at 54. Rookie David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.) played at the No. 5 and shot a combined 151 in his first career tournament for GC, placing 61st.
The SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate concludes tomorrow, Sept. 13 when the Bobcats look to make their leap into the top-10.
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