KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The No. 6 Georgia College & State University golf team opened its fall season this week, taking third at the Kiawah Invitational, hosted by USC Aiken on Cougar Point Golf Course. The Bobcats were nine-under at 567 on the par-72 course.
Georgia College finished two shots out of second place behind Coker College, and eight behind tournament champion No. 4 USC Aiken. Chris Marsh of Coker defeated USC Aiken's JP Solis in a two-hole playoff to earn the Individual Championship.
Bobcat sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.)was just three strokes out of that playoff in third place at an eight-under 136. Fellow returning All-American Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden)and junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) tied at 142, good for 10th. Johansson carded a 70-72, while Bide improved with a 72-70.
Playing in his first tournament for the Bobcats was junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil), finishing 23rd after adding five strokes to yesterday's 71. Lima finished at a three-over 147. Rounding out the Bobcat five was sophomore Billy Shida (Berkley Lake, Ga.) at 51st (76-79=155).
The third-place finish is a great improvement over last year's 12th place spot at this same tournament. Two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools finished behind the Bobcats, as UNC Pembroke was 10th and Armstrong Atlantic State University 11th.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Sept. 15 at the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate in Florence, S.C.
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