MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Taking on their toughest field of the year, featuring nine of the top-10 teams in the nation, the Georgia College Golf squad shot 14-over Monday at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional. The Bobcats carded a 302, good for 17th in the 20-team field at the par-72, 7,407-yard Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals course.
The Bobcats are just seven strokes behind the cut for the NCAA Finals with two rounds to go. The top seven squads advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Senior Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) and junior Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) tied for top Bobcat round today, each carding a 73. Hodges had three birdies balanced out by four bogies in today's action. Stewart was at par or better for the final 11 holes, which was the front nine in Georgia College's case as the Bobcats started on No. 10. Hodges and Stewart both finished 27th in the 108-golfer field.
Third on the team and 66th overall was senior Thomas Knight (Eastman, Georgia) posting a 77. Knight had success on the front nine as well, going one-over with a birdie on No. 8.
Finishing 84th are a pair of Bobcat seniors in Conner Albright (Macon, Georgia) and Harry Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia). Both players carded 79s. Lambert had birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16 as part of an up-and-down back nine, while Albright was just two-over for the front.
No. 2 Lynn University owns the team lead at a four-under score of 284, with No. 1 University of West Florida two strokes behind. UWF's Chandler Blanchet, the No. 1 player in the nation, is tops in this tournament as well at a 66. The No. 2 player in the country, Florida Southern College's John VanDerLaan is a single stroke back.
Round two gets underway for the Bobcats tomorrow, May 9 at noon. Knight will lead the Bobcats to the course on hole No. 1.
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