KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – With one round of play in the books, the No. 6 Georgia College & State University golf team was defending its 2009 Kiawah Island Invitational title well Monday, owning first place by one stroke. The Bobcats own a four-over 292 at the par-72, 6,875-yard Cougar Point Golf Course.
Georgia College is holding off both Barton College and USC Beaufort by just one stroke. Flagler College is three off the pace in fourth.
Sophomore Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.), fresh off a trip to the U.S. Amateur this summer, paces the Bobcats in eighth overall with an even-par 72. Senior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) is at plus-one with a 73, tied for 13th. Sophomore Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) responded well to his first career start, tying Shida at a one-over 73.
Senior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) was two-over with a 74, and junior Ryan Steelman (Milledgeville, Ga.) posted a six-over 78 in his first tournament for Georgia College to round out the Bobcat five.
The second and final round for the 21-team field takes place tomorrow, Sept. 7.
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