by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. - The No. 1 Georgia College & State University golf team climbed three spots in just one round to finish fifth at the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate today (Sept. 15). The Bobcats shot 291 as a team today to finish at plus-one over the three rounds and two spots behind Peach Belt Conference (PBC) and Division II opponent USC Aiken in the D-I heavy tournament.
Senior Niclas Johannson (Skanor, Sweden) was the only Bobcat to finish in the top-10. Johannson shot 74 (+2) today to end three-under with a total score of 213, tied for ninth. The three-time All-American is the only Georgia College golfer to finish in the top-10 in the past two tournaments.
Cochran native Joe Young moved up a spot today to finish tied for 23rd with a final round even par 72. An All-PBC player last year and former All-American, Young finished with an even par 216 at the 7,062-yard Country Club of South Carolina course. The only Bobcat to shoot under par today was senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aries, Argentina), who fired one-under 71 today to end the tourney with a 217, which put him tied for 30th place.
Junior Billy Shida (Berkley Lakes, Ga.) shot 77 (+5) today to finish the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate at six-over, in 51st place with a three-round 222.
Freshmen Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) and Bernardo Bide (Buenos Aries, Argentina) competed in their first collegiate golf tourney of their careers over the past two days. Smith may have proved he is a serious contender for a starting position firing a one-over 73 today to finish the tourney with a 217, good for 30th. The younger Bide shot plus-two today (74) to finish with a total of 233 in 79th place.
Johansson and Francisco Bide now share the team lead in stroke average at 71.6
Georgia College returns to competition Sept. 21-22 in the State Farm/Laker Classic hosted by PBC member Clayton State University. The Bobcats finished tied for third last year, the first season for the tournament.
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