#1 Bobcat Golf Stands Fourth at Rendleman Invite

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SALISBURY, N.C. - The GolfStat No. 1 Georgia College & State University golf squad finished round one Monday at the Richard Rendleman Invitational in fourth place, just seven strokes off the lead. The tournament is hosted by Catawba College.

The Bobcats were led once again by junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) at 10th overall with an even-par 71 on the 6,665-yard Salisbury Country Club course.

Young is flanked by senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina), one stroke behind in fifteenth place. Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) is 21st with a 73.

Senior Niclas Johansson's (Skanor, Sweden) first-round 74 places him 27th, and just outside the top-30 is freshman Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) in 34th overall, carding a 75.

GolfStat No. 13 Lander University leads the team scores at a one-under 283. No. 7 Belmont Abbey College is three strokes behind in second, while No. 31 Queens (N.C.) University is third at 288. Georgia College is second among the four Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools at the tournament, behind Lander and in front of 10th place USC Aiken and 14th place UNC Pembroke.

Lincoln Memorial University's Eric Kennedy is the top individual at a four-under 67, holding off Lander's Davis Lee by a single stroke.

The Bobcats hope to return to action Tuesday, March 2 for the final round with a 9 a.m. shotgun start, but a rain/snow mix due overnight could force an early return to Milledgeville.

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