by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
HAMPTON, Ga. - The No. 1 Georgia College & State University golf team is tied with No. 2 Barry University for the lead at the State Farm-Laker Collegiate Classic at the Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club. The Bobcats and Buccaneers both fired first-round scores of 281 (-7) at the par-72, 7,202-yard course hosted by Clayton State University. The teams share a three-stoke lead over their nearest competitor, Newberry College.
Georgia College led all teams with three golfers under-par. Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.), and seniors Niclas Johannson (Skanor, Sweden) and Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) all had rounds under-72.
Young was even on the front nine while shooting three-under on the back to finish with a 69, tied for fourth place. Seniors Johannson and Bide are both tied for 10th at two-under (70).
Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) was on par all day firing an even 36-36, tied for 24th. Waycross native Matthew Yonz was two-over after nine, but bounced back and shot a 35 on the back nine to finish tied for 30th with a round of 73 (+1).
Newberry's Daniel Stanley fired an impressive six-under 66 to lead all individuals.
The tournament has been shortened from 54 holes to 36 due to extreme weather and will conclude with the final round tomorrow (weather permitting). The Bobcats finished tied for third in the tourney last year.
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