#4 Bobcat Golf Third at Cougar Invite

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Standing just three strokes out of the tournament lead, the No. 4 Georgia College & State University golf team shot a three-over 287 in the first round of the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational, hosted by Columbus State University.

Junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is seventh with an even-par 71 on the 6,515-yard Country Club of Columbus Course. Bide had stretches of six holes at par or better on both the front and back nine.

Second on the squad was junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at 17th overall, carding a 72. Lima was consistently on par, balancing a pair of bogeys with one birdie. Joining Lima at 72 was classmate Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden), carding four birdies on the day. Sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) made it a trio at 72, posting two birdies on the front half.

Rounding out the five is sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.), 60th at 77. Shida rebounded from a disappointing front nine to shoot even par on the back half.

Host CSU leads the team race at an even-par 284. Lynn University is at 286, one stroke and one place ahead of the Bobcats. Florida Southern College's Jude Eustaquio owns a tournament-low round of 68 thus far.

The Bobcats stand third in the 17-team field, also second among the seven Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools.

The tournament continues tomorrow, with the Bobcats teeing off at 9:20 a.m.

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