by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga.- The No. 1 Georgia College & State Universitygolf team jumped eight slots in one round today (Oct. 6), firing aneven-par team score of 284 to finish in sixth at the AFLAC/CougarInvitational. The 11-stroke improvement over round one helped GCSUfinish second among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools, as No. 21Lander University tied for fourth at the Green Island Country Club.
Junior JoeYoung (Cochran,Ga.) led the Bobcats, tying forsixth with a final round 68 (-3) and total of 141 (-1) on thepar-71, 6,435-yard course. The sixth place finish is Young's thirdtop-10 of the fall season in four tournaments and he is averaging71.2 strokes per round.
Senior Francisco Bide(Buenos Aires, Argentina) shot an even-par 71 today tofinish with a 146 (+4) and tie for 43rd. Bide's stroke average is71.8 and he has competed in all four tourneys for Georgia Collegethus far.
TaylorSmith and Billy Shidafinished tied for 52nd at the AFLAC/Cougar Invite with scores of147. The redshirt-freshman Smith fired an even-par 71 today asjunior Shida shot a plus-three 74. Smith has played in twotournaments with a 73.0 stroke average while Shida has a 72.8stroke average in four starts.
Three-time All-American senior Niclas Johansson(Skanor,Sweden) struggled today, firing asix-over 77 to finish tied for 77th with a final score of 151 (+9).The senior has averaged 72.0 strokes a round this season and thisis the first tournament where he finished outside the top-10.
No. 3 Barry University took the team title at seven-under par,and was the only team to shoot lower than Georgia College in roundtwo, carding a 278. The Buccaneers bested No. 11 University ofNorth Alabama by 10 strokes.
PBC member Georgia Southwestern State University boasted theindividual medalist, in the form of Craig Gibson, who shot a72-65=137 for five under, edging Valdosta State University'sChesley Gunn by one stroke.
Georgia College returns to the links Oct. 19-20 to play inGeorgia Southern University's Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBCCommissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at theNCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia Collegeprides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete,evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-seasoncompetition as well as documented academic success andcommunity-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com usernameGCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.comto nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSUAthletics Hall of Fame.