by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College golf team stayed put against its top competition of the season, finishing in 11th place at the SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate, a primarily Division I event.
The Bobcats ended the three-round event 22 off the pace of first place Furman University with GC carding 878 strokes. The Bobcats were unable to pick up any ground today, finishing five behind 10th and seven behind a tie for eighth. Samford University finished knotted up in second place with USC Aiken (860).
Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) was tops for the Bobcats with 218 strokes, good for a tie at 25th. Smith finished 2-over on the par-72, 7,062-yard Country Club of South Carolina Course.
Sophomore Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) came storming up from GC's fourth spot to take second, shooting 2-under on the final day of the tournament to finish at four-over, tied for 32nd.
Junior Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) shot an even 72 on the final day of the tournament and plus-five overall and Bernardo Bide (Olavarria, Argentina) finished the last round with a 75, bringing his final tally to 224. Garrett finished tied for 37th and Bide placed in a tie for 53rd at eight over par.
Rookie David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.) played at No. 5 and shot a combined 225 in his first career tournament for GC, staying consistent shooting a 76, 75 and 75, placing in a tie for 63rd.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Sept. 16 at the Sandestin Collegiate Championship in Destin, Fla. hosted by the University of West Florida.
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