March 19, 2013

Taylor Posts Low Round, No. 11 Bobcats Take 11th at Bobcat Invitational

EATONTON, Ga. – Senior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) posted the lowest score of any individual in the final round, helping the No. 11 Georgia College golf squad jump two spots to take 11th place at team's home tournament, the 2013 Bobcat Invitational.

Battling one of the tougher courses and a brutal 17-team field featuring seven top-10 teams, the Bobcats shot a final round 290 on the par-70, 6,730-yard Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee course.

Smith carded a 68 today, paired with yesterday's 78 and 71 for a seven-over score. The All-American took 20th overall among 90 golfers, and first on the squad.

Junior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) had rounds of 78, 69 and 74, finishing 11-over in 37th. Classmate Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) was two strokes behind in 48th at 13-over par with consistent rounds of 74, 75 and 74.

Senior Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) carded a 76 followed by a pair of 74s, finishing 52nd at 14-over par. Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) in 62nd at plus-20 on rounds of 78, 78, 74.

Georgia College also sent two golfers as individuals to the course, Pontus Andersson (Helsingborg, Sweden) finishing 65th at plus-19 (79-73-77), and Tyler Tucker (Cochran, Ga.) 70th at plus-21 (72-80-79).

No. 10 Lynn University took the team title for the second time in three years, owning rounds of 279, 286 and 289 for plus-14. No. 19 Armstrong, No. 1 Nova Southeastern University and No. 6 USC Aiken tied for second, four strokes behind the Fighting Knights.

The Bobcats beat two schools ranked in the GolfStat Head-to-Head top-25, including No. 7 University of North Alabama and No. 18 Georgia Southwestern State University.

Armstrong's Gus Wagoner took individual medalist honors, holding off Adam Svensson of Barry University by a single stroke. Wagoner had rounds of 69-66-73.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 25 at the Bearcat Invitational, hosted by Lander University.

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