Runner-Up Finish for #1 Bobcats at State Farm-Laker Collegiate Classic

Runner-Up Finish for #1 Bobcats at State Farm-Laker Collegiate Classic

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant


HAMPTON, Ga. - The No. 1 Bobcat golf team finished second at the State Farm-Laker Collegiate Classic hosted by Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member Clayton State University. Georgia College & State University shot a team score of 285 today to finish with a 566 over the shortened two-round tourney, four strokes behind winner No. 24 Newberry College.

Senior Niclas Johannson (Skanor, Sweden) fired a three-under 69 in the second round to finish tied for fifth place at a five-under 139. Johannson is averaging 71 strokes per 18 holes and has finished in the top-10 in every tourney so far in the fall season.

Junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) was one of three Bobcats that shot even par-72 today at the 7,202-yard Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club. Young finished with a 141, tied for 10th. Classmate Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) and senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) also fired rounds of 72 today. Bide finished tied for 13th with a score of 142 and Shida ended the tourney with 144 strokes, tied for 18th.

Young and Bide have a 71.4 stroke average and Shida is averaging 72.6 per round as all three Bobcats have competed in all three tournaments this fall.

Sophomore Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) fired a three-over 75 in today's round to finish at 148, tied for 45th. Yonz has competed in two tournaments this fall and is averaging 74.5 strokes a round.

No. 2 Barry University's Chris Carlin won individual medalist honors with 11-under par 133.

On the young season, the Bobcats haven't finished outside the top-five in three tournaments.

The Bobcats have nearly two weeks off before competing in the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State University Oct. 5-6.

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