SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – The No. 18 Georgia College golf team slipped to fifth place Wednesday at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship despite shooting one stroke better than yesterday.
Played on the par-72, 7,092-yard Cardinal Club Golf Course, the Bobcats' followed yesterday's 289 with a 288 today for one-over par after two rounds. The Bobcats hold that spot with No. 5 Barry University, the duo trailing leader No. 7 Chico State by 11 strokes.
Chico put up a -11 in today's action. Three strokes back from the lead is No. 13 University of Central Oklahoma at seven-under, followed by No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus and No. 1 Nova Southeastern University.
Sophomore Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) powered the GC charge today, posting a two-under 70. Monte cut nine strokes off yesterday's effort, and sits at plus-five in 57th. He had four birdies on the back nine and six total on the round.
Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) shot even par today, matching yesterday's round, good for 21st overall. Smith finished his round with birdies on holes No. 8 and 9.
After matching scores yesterday, junior Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) and freshman Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) did the same today, posting rounds of 70 and 73 for one-under after two. The duo is tied at 18th as Trocchio shot par on every hole in the back nine.
Freshman David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.) followed yesterday's 77 with a 78, good for 89th. Sullivan carded his only birdies on a pair of par-three holes.
Central Oklahoma's Josh Creel is nine-under par for the two rounds, leading the tournament by one over Chico State's Eric Frazzetta.
Round three tees off tomorrow, May 17. Tee times will be available at http://golfstatresults.com/public/static/tee_times_3404.html .
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