GREENWOOD, S.C. – The No. 3 Georgia College & State University golf team took runner-up honors in a 16-team field at the first Bearcat Golf Classic Tuesday at Greenwood Country Club. Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) took third overall, earning All-Tournament Team honors.
The final round 285 put the Bobcats at 24-under par, tied with Armstrong Atlantic State University, but the 66 posted both in the first round of play by Bide and the second round by Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) served as the tiebreaker, edging AASU’s best individual round of 68 on the par-72, 6,800-yard course.
Bide was tops on the team for the second-straight tournament, finishing seven under and two off the tournament lead. Bide tied three other golfers in third as he followed up the 66 with a 70 and 73 for 209.
Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) nabbed his sixth top-10 finish of the year, powered by a second-round 68. The senior was at-par or better for all three rounds (71 and 72) and finished 10th. Joining him in that 10th spot was Shida, carding a 75 to start with before his 66 and 70 to close out. His five-under 211 was his third top-10 finish.
Junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) took a top-20 spot at 18th with a consistent effort (71-71-72=214), good for two-under. Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) saved his best round for last with a one-under 71, rising to 22nd at even-par.
Host Lander University took the team title at 31-under par, carding 278-266-289=833. Newberry College individuals went 1-2, as Daniel Stanley won individual medalist at nine-under, besting teammate Chandler Gruenmeier by just a single stroke.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, April 12 at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, hosted by Columbus State University.
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