#5 Lynn Nabs Second-Straight Bobcat Invitational Title; Host #6 GC Finishes Fourth
EATONTON, Ga. – Putting three golfers in the top-10, No. 5 Lynn University won the Bobcat Invitational for the second-straight season, a Division II tournament hosted by No. 6 Georgia College at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla.
Held at the par-70, 6,730-yard course, Lynn bested the field by just one stroke, carding rounds of 287, 281 and 286 for a plus-14 854. No. 8 Barry University and No. 4 University of West Florida finished second at 15-over par, Barry posting rounds of 286-282-287 and UWF 292-280-283.
Host GC was fourth at 20-over par, with No. 15 Armstrong Atlantic taking fifth at plus-23.
West Florida's Otto Bonning carded rounds of 70, 66 and 71 for a three-under 207, the lone golfer under par for the three rounds. Bonning ran away with the individual title by beating a three-way tie at four-strokes back.
GC's Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) shot the low round of the day, putting up a 67 to go with a 71 and 73 yesterday. Columbus State University's Rourke Van der Spuy was also at 211 with rounds of 69, 70 and 72, joined by Jose Joia of Lynn at 72-70-69.
Three more golfers tied for fifth, with Lynn's Ricardo Gouveia posting a final-round 69 with yesterday's 71 and 72. Aaron Elrod of AASU carded 68-73-71 and Lander University's Max Fischer was 70-71-71.
For the host Bobcats, the two-time All-American Young led the way, followed by freshman Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.) in eighth (71-70-72=213). Playing as an individual, Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) was impressive, following a first-day 75 and 68 with today's 73. He was 18th at six-over. Senior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) matched his best round of the tournament with another 70 today, and jumped to 20th at seven-over.
Reigning Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Golfer of the Week Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) finished 50th at 14-over with rounds of 72, 73 and 79. Individuals Ryan Steelman (Eatonton, Ga.) and Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) were 52nd and 67th, respectively.
The Bobcats are back in action March 28-29 at the Bearcat Invitational in Greenwood, S.C. hosted by Lander.
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