HAMPTON, Ga. - Powered by sophomore Joe Young's (Cochran, Ga.) third-place finish, the No. 4 Georgia College & State University golf team tied for third place today (Sept. 30) at the State Farm/Laker Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Clayton State University. The Bobcats shot a three-round 871 (295-282-294) to tie host Clayton on the par-72, 7,202-yard Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club.
Young rebounded from a first-round 77, posting a pair of 68s for a three-round 213 and three-under par. Junior Niclas Johansson's (Skanor, Sweden) 217 was good for 11th, his third top-20 finish in as many tournaments.
Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.)entered the final round tied, and remained that way. Lima carded a 75-70-76=221, while Shida's 74-71-76 earned them both the 29th slot. Junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) followed up a pair of 76s with an 80 for a three-round 232 and 70th place.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) was 42nd, bookending 76s around a 72 for a 224.
Defending National Champions No. 1 University of West Florida were the team champions, with UNC Pembroke's Jordan Walor holding par in the final round for the individual trophy, carding a three-under 211.
The Bobcats were the second-best Peach Belt Conference school, bettering Lander University (fifth) and Georgia Southwestern State University (seventh), while falling behind UNCP (second) and tying host Clayton.
The Bobcats return to action Monday, Oct. 6 at the Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga. hosted by Columbus State University.
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