BLAINE, Wash. - Halfway through play at the Division II National Championship, the No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team sits fifth, just seven strokes off the lead with two rounds to go. The Bobcats cut an amazing 12 strokes off yesterday's effort with today's (May 20) 289, five-over on the par-71, 6995-yard Loomis Trail Golf Club course.
Georgia College had the second-best round of the 20-team field today, coming in one stroke behind No. 1 Columbus State University's 288. Two golfers shot even par today for the Bobcats.
Super sophomores Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) both shaved six strokes off their first-round efforts to card even-par 71s. Young had an eagle on the par-five sixth, and posted 14 holes at or under par in today's round. Shida was consistent with just three holes over par. He got a great start with birdies on the second and third holes. They're both tied for 22nd overall at six over.
Junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) still leads Georgia College, leaping six slots to 14th overall with today's 73. Combined with yesterday's 74, Johansson is five-over par. He was even par on the front nine today.
Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) posted a 74, one stroke below yesterday's effort. Lima stands 29th at seven over. Three birdies on the front nine helped offset six holes over par on the day.
Classmate Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is 46th, and was the only Bobcat to fire a higher score today then yesterday. He followed yesterday's 75 with a 76 and owns a nine-over effort overall.
No. 3 Barry University keeps the team lead at plus-15, one stroke ahead of No. 7 Cal State-San Bernadino. No. 6 Sonoma State University fell from first to third and is six strokes back at 21-over par, tied with CSU. The Bobcats are just seven off the pace.
Cal State-San Bernadino's Gene Webster and Wayne State University's Steve Cuzzort share the individual race both at a one-under 141. Just two strokes behind is Sonoma State's Patrick Bauer.
The Bobcats are set for a noon local time start tomorrow, with Bide teeing off first. GCSU will start on the first hole tomorrow, and are teamed with CSU and No. 4 Lynn University.
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