by Alex Cooper, sports information student assistant
LAKELAND, Fla. – When play finished on Monday evening, the No. 14 Georgia College golf team found themselves in 12th place of the 15-team field at the Matlock Invitational, hosted by No. 4 Florida Southern College.
The Bobcats posted rounds of 304 and 297, for a 25-over par total on the par-72 Lone Palm Golf Club course in Lakeland, Fla. The score puts the Bobcats 42 shots off the lead. The tournament features eight teams ranked in the GolfStat top-25, including three in the top-10.
Georgia College is ahead of No. 13 Newberry College and just nine strokes behind No. 12 Rollins College.
Freshman Austin Glover (Johns Creek, Ga.) led the GC golf team with scores of 74 and 75 on the first day of action, the rookie's first career start for the Bobcats. His 149 total is good enough for 34th overall, and a plus-five on the scorecard.
All-American Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) carded a plus-nine with round scores of 79 and 74 and stands 59th. Junior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) fired rounds of 77 and 81, for a plus-14 and 71st overall.
No. 2 Barry University holds the team lead after two rounds with a 17-under par, the best 36-hole score in the tournament since 1989. The individual pace was set by Tim Crouch of Florida Southern at 12-under, three shots ahead of teammate Case Gard.
Crouch set a single-round scoring record in the opening round, breaking the previous mark of seven-under (65) shared by nine different players. His 36-hole score is also a tournament record and he has a chance to set the overall tournament record tomorrow. It's currently held by FSC's Jeff Klauk (-12), set in 2000.
The third and final round will be underway the morning of Feb. 12 at 8 a.m.
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