March 26, 2013

Fox Leads #13 Bobcats to Eighth Place at Bearcat Invite

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Senior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) and junior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) each shot even 72s for the final day of action at the 2013 Bearcat Invitational, lifting No. 13 Georgia College four slots to take eighth place Tuesday.

In the event hosted by Lander University, the Bobcats added a 292 to yesterday's rounds of 312 and 307 for a total of 47 over at the frigid par-72, 6,800-yard Greenwood Country Club.

Fox finished 12th among 99 golfers at six over, saving his best for last as he carded rounds of 75, 75 and 72. The finish is tops for the Bobcat in his career, and also marks Fox's second career top-20 finish.

Smith took 29th after rounds of 78, 76 and 72 put him 10-over. Classmate Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) shot plus-16 (76-78-78), good for 57th.

Junior Pontus Andersson (Helsingborg, Sweden) had a scoring final round in just the second start of his career, firing a 73 today with yesterday's 83 and 79 for 19-over in 71st. Classmate  Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) owned rounds of 83, 78 and 75 for for plus-19 in 74th place.

The Bobcats also sent one individual golfer to the course, as sophomore Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) shot rounds of 78, 73 and 74 for nine-over par in 24th place.

No. 12 Belmont Abbey College took the team title at plus-14 after rounds of 293, 289 and 296, besting the field by just four strokes. No. 3 USC Aiken shot a round-low 285 today to tighten the team race and finish four back.

Adam Hedges of BAC took individual medalist honors, blistering the course with rounds of 69, 66 and 71 for 10-under par. Mount Olive College's Sebastian Andersen was the only other golfer under par for the three rounds at two-under.

The Bobcats finished ahead of 10 squads, including Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foes the University of Montevallo, the University of North Georgia, host Lander and Flagler College.

This tournament marks the final regular-season tune-up prior to the PBC Championships April 20-21 in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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