EATONTON, Ga. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team finished strong Tuesday, jumping four slots to take sixth at its host tournament the Bobcat Invitational, held at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.
The team carded a final round 297 to go with a 300 and 296, finishing at plus-53 on the par-70, 6,730-yard course. The Bobcats were one stroke ahead of No. 18 Valdosta State University, and four behind No. 8 Lander University. Of the five teams finishing ahead of Georgia College, three are ranked in the GolfStat top-10.
Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) saved his best round for last, busting into the top 10 at sixth (75-74-70=219). Bide, the defending champion, was five strokes off the lead. Bide now has three top-10s and five top-20s on the year.
Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) got a top-20 finish in 14th, his fourth of the season (75-74-74=223). Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) was a single stroke behind in 24th (74-73-77=224).
No. 10 Lynn University took the team title at plus-41 (881), leading in each of the three rounds. The Fighting Knights fought off No. 11 Belmont Abbey College by two strokes.
BAC’s Peter Tarver Jones took the individual title at four-over par, powered by a second round 68, the lowest of the tournament. He bookended that with a 71 and 75. Barry University’s Victor Billskoog was three strokes behind in second.
Georgia College head coach Jimmy Wilson also sent five individuals out on the course, with junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) leading the way. He took 29th with a pair of strong finishing rounds (80-72-73=225) wiping out his tough first frame.
Patrick Garrett was 71st, firing a final round 74 to go with 81 and 77 on day one. Freshman Bernardo Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was 79th (81-81-78=240) with sophomore Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.) 87th (81-85-81=247) and junior Rich Crumpton (Eatonton, Ga.) 89th (83-87-79=249).
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 29 at the Jameson Inn/Bearcat Invitational in Greenwood, S.C.
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