March 10, 2009

#6 Bobcats Jump Three Spots to Take Fourth at DI-Heavy Palmetto Intercollegiate

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AIKEN, S.C. - Getting another strong finish from junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) the No. 6 Georgia College & State University golf team put up a third round 294, jumping to fourth at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational, hosted by USC Aiken.

The Bobcats had a consistent three rounds, carding a 294-293-294=881 on the par-70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Club course. Georgia College finished fourth among 15 teams, 13 of which were Division I programs.

Johansson picked up his third top-10 finish of the spring in as many tries, including his second-consecutive third-place finish. The junior was at three over (72-70-71=213) on the three-round effort, four off the leader's pace.

Sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) just missed the top-20, taking 23rd (74-71-76=221). In 38th was junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) rebounding from a 77 first round for a pair of 74s and a 221 cume score.

Junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) was 47th (76-78-73=227) and sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) was 61st (72-80-80=232).

Host USCA won the team title at 280-293-287=860, 15 strokes ahead of Liberty University. Liberty's Robert Karlsson won individual honors at just one-under par (67-73-69=209).

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 15 at the Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by Valdosta State University.

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