LAKELAND, Fla. – With senior Conner Albright (Macon, Georgia) finishing just outside the tournament's top-10, the No. 24 Georgia College Golf team took 13th place in one of the toughest fields they'll face all season at the Matlock Collegiate Classic. The Bobcats shot a 297 Tuesday, grouped with a 297 and 291 for plus-21 overall.
The Bobcats finished ahead of fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Armstrong State University and the Sunshine State Conference's Eckerd College on the par-72, 7,065 yard Lone Palm Golf Club.
Albright proved to be a particularly bright spot, carding rounds of 70 and 69 yesterday and adding a 74 today for three-under par. Albright was just two strokes out of the top-10 and eight from the top-five. He led the Bobcats with 13 birdies for the tournament.
Today's best round of 71 was posted by senior Thomas Knight (Eastman, Georgia) allowing him to jump from 66th to 55th at 11-over for the tourney. Knight had rounds of 77 and 79 yesterday.
Second on the team and 51st overall was the duo of Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) and Harry Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia) at 10-over. Hodges had rounds of 79, 71, 76, while Lambert posted 75, 75, 76. Hodges had 36 holes of even par, just two behind the tournament leader. Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) rounded out the finishers for the Bobcats at 16-over with a 232.
Of the 12 teams ahead of Georgia College in this tough field, 11 are positioned in the Golfstat Top-25. No. 2 University of West Florida topped the field at 34-under par, beating No. 7 Nova Southeastern University by 18. Host Florida Southern University's John Coultas won the tournament at 14-under par.
The Bobcats are back in action at the 2017 Pirate Invitational in Pooler, Georgia Monday, Feb. 27.
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