March 16, 2009

#8 Golf Stays Under Par, Over Field at Southeastern Collegiate

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VALDOSTA, Ga. - Firing a five-under 283 with just one golfer over par, the No. 8 Georgia College & State University golf team tightened its grip on the lead in the second round of the Southestern Collegiate, hosted by No. 15 Valdosta State University.

The Bobcats have posted a two-round 568, three strokes ahead of No. 6 Nova Southeastern University, competing on the par-72, 7,127-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club course. Georgia College is looking to improve on last year's runner-up spot.

Tied for third overall is junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) at three-under (70-71=141), just four strokes off the pace. Classmate Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) carded the second-best round of the day (69) with yesterday's 72 to tie Johansson.

Sophomores Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) are both in the top-20 at 13th and 16th, respectively. Young followed yesterday's 71 with a 72 for a one-under 143. Shida cut two strokes off yesterday's 73 and stands at even par. Junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) is 29th (72-74-146).

Brent Witcher of host VSU continues to lead the individual effort, matching a 68 with a 69 for a seven-under 137.

The Bobcats tee off for the final round tomorrow, March 17. Bide will be the first Bobcat to hit the links on the first hole at 10 a.m.

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