EATONTON, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf team is positioned eighth and within striking distance after two rounds at the 2017 Bobcat Invitational Monday. The Bobcats are at plus-39 in their home tournament at the par-70, 6,730-yard Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.
Senior Harry Lambert (Suwanee) put together one of the best days of his career, posting rounds of 69 and 74 for fourth place at four-over par. Lambert is four back from the lead.
Senior Harrison Stewart (Roswell) and junior Thomas Hodges (Monroe) are both 34th in the 90-golfer field at 12-over. Hodges shot a pair of 76s to get there, while Stewart shaved two strokes off his opening round 77 for a 75 in round two.
Senior Conner Albright (Macon) had the greatest improvement over the two rounds, following up an 81 with a team-low 72 in the second round. Albright is in 44th place at 13-over. Classmate Thomas Knight (Eastman) had an 80 and a 76 for 16-over in 59th place.
The Bobcats carded rounds of 302 and 297, and are just a stroke behind a three-way tie for fifth between No. 13 Lander University, No. 4 Barry University and No. 3 Florida Southern College. Defending Tournament Champion No. 2 Lynn University is the team leader at 20-over, six strokes ahead of No. 1 University of West Florida. The Bobcats are ahead of five teams ranked in the national top-25 according to Golfstat, including: No. 12 Rollins College, No. 19 Valdosta State University, No. 20 USC Aiken, No. 24 Columbus State University and No. 25 Defending National Champion Saint Leo University. Each of the seven squads ahead of Georgia College are in the top-13 in the country.
Georgia College sent three individuals to the course for this tournament as well. The best of the bunch was Ben Huckaby (Bishop) in 79th place after rounds of 77 and 83. Ryan Joiner (Roswell) is 86th after rounds of 83 and 81, while Matias Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) is 87th, posting scores of 85 and 80.
Round three begins tomorrow, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. as the Bobcats are paired with golfers from Barry and Georgia Southwestern State University.
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