EATONTON, Ga. – Powered by three golfers in the top-15, No. 7 University of North Alabama leads the team standings after the first two rounds of the 2011 Bobcat Invitational, hosted by No. 6 Georgia College at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla.
Held at the par-70, 6,730-yard course, UNA leads the field by one, carding rounds of 282 and 285 for a seven-over 567. No. 8 Barry University and No. 5 Lynn University are second at eight-over par, Barry posting rounds of 286 and 282, and Lynn 287 and 281.
No. 15 Armstrong Atlantic stands fifth at 11-over par, with host GC, No. 4 University of West Florida and No. 19 Nova Southeastern University rounding out the top five in a tie at 12-over par.
West Florida's Otto Bonning carded the lowest round of the day, putting up a second-round 66 en route to the individual lead. Bonning is one of four golfers under par thanks to a first-round even score of 70 for four-under at 136.
UNA's Tyler Chandler is second, putting in scores of 70 and 68 for a two-under par 138. Nova Southeastern's Ben Vertz is deadlocked with Columbus State University's Rourke Van der Spuy in third at one-under. Van der Spuy posted rounds of 69 and 70, while Vertz went the other direction, with a 72 and 67.
Daniel Stapff of Barry and Jordan Walor of UNC Pembroke are tied at even par to round out the top five slots.
For the host Bobcats, freshman Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.) leads the way, carding rounds of 71 and 70 for 141 and one-over par in seventh. Playing as an individual, Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) was impressive, following a first-round 75 by nearly shaving off 10 strokes (68). He is 15th at three-over.
Senior two-time All-American Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) put up rounds of 71 and 73 and stands 27th at four-over, while the reigning Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Golfer of the Week Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) is 32nd at five-over with rounds of 72 and 73.
Two-time PBC Golfer of the Week Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) is 42nd, shooting a 72 and 75 for seven-over, tied with senior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) who followed a 77 with an even 70. Rounding out the remaining individuals were Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.) in 58th at 11-over, and both Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) and Ryan Steelman (Eatonton, Ga.) in 69th at plus-13.
The third and final round begins tomorrow, March 22. Starting the Bobcats on hole one at 9:10 a.m. is Yonz, teamed with golfers from AASU and UWF.
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