Smith Keeps #14 GC in Contention after Two Rounds at Aflac Invite

Smith Keeps #14 GC in Contention after Two Rounds at Aflac Invite

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 14 Georgia College golf team is sitting in fourth-place two rounds into the Aflac/Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State University. The Bobcats posted rounds of 289 and 292 for 581, at plus-13. 

Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) helped to keep the Bobcats in contention after shooting two-over par for the day. He currently sits tied for 11th after a second round score of 69 at the 6,515-yard, par-71 Country Club of Columbus course. His second round score was the lowest put up by a Bobcat this season. 

Freshman Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) also sits in a deadlock with Smith, putting together balanced rounds of 71 and 72 today.


Bernardo Bide (Olavarria, Argentina) is tied for 29th at five-over, shooting rounds of 70 and 77, while senior Jeff Rives (Roswell, Ga.) is six-over, good for 35th place, posting a pair of 74s. 

Sophomore Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.) looks to rebound tomorrow, as he is currently sitting in 87th place after an 83 and 80. 

GC trails fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe No. 24 Georgia Southwestern State University by just four strokes, with the 'Canes currently in third-place. No. 3 Lynn University is first at plus-three, while No. 4 Barry University is second. The Bobcats are better than five nationally-ranked squads, including No. 8 University of North Alabama, No. 13 Columbus State University, No. 19 Newberry College, No. 20 Florida Southern College and No. 21 Flagler College. 

The Bobcats will play the third and final round tomorrow, in search of their highest finish of the fall. 

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