May 5, 2009

#2 Bobcats Just Outside Crucial Top-Five with One Round to Go

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team is just four strokes out of the all-important top-five with one round to go at the NCAA Southeast/South SuperRegional. The Bobcats are tied for sixth in the 20-team field, where the top five teams move on to the NCAA Finals round.

The Bobcats shot a 12-over 300 today on the par-72, 7,126-yard Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals course. Combined with yesterday's plus-two 290, Georgia College is tied with Barton College at 14-over par.  

Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the lone Bobcat under par today, carding a one-under 71. Combined with yesterday's 75, he now shares the lead for the Bobcats at two-over in 19th place. Sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) followed up yesterday's opening-round 69 with a 77 and slipped to tie at 19th.

Classmate Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) is also 19th, carding a 74 with yesterday's 72. Young had a strong finish with birdies in two of his last four holes. Junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) added four more strokes to yesterday's 74 and stands in 63rd at plus-eight. Rounding out the starters for GCSU was junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with a pair of 80s.

No. 9 Lynn University overtook the lead as the only team under par today (-1), and the Knights are now at four-under overall. There is a tie for second at even par between host No. 11 University of North Alabama and No. 12 Barry University. Then the drop to fourth is an eight-stroke difference at plus-eight No. 3 Nova Southeastern University. Fifth place is owned by the top Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school, No. 1 Columbus State University at 10-over par.

Lynn's Chris Goldan maintains his hold on the individual lead, shooting a one-under 71 for a six-under effort after two rounds. Jake Greer of UNA is just one stroke behind.  

The Bobcats take to the links for the final round tomorrow, needing to shave the four-stroke difference to get in the top five and continue their 2009 season.   

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