LAKELAND, Fla. - The Georgia College Golf team got it's spring season underway Monday, positioned 13th after two rounds of the Matlock Collegiate Classic, hosted by Florida Southern College. The Bobcats carded rounds of 306 and 298 for plus-28 at the par-72, 7.065-yard Lone Palm Golf Club.
Two Bobcats lead the way at six over, as seniors Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) and Justin Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) took different paths to get to 50th place. Hodges carded a 76, then shaved off two strokes in round two, while Connelly posted a pair of 75s.
Hodges had six birdies over the 36 holes, but enjoyed the par-five No. 5 the best, posting a pair of birdies there. Connelly posted four holes under par, including an eagle on the par-five No. 2 in round two.
Sophomores Drew Duffie (Evans, Georgia) and Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville, Georgia) both finished the day eight-over in 59th. Duffie owned rounds of 77 and 75, while Mancilla had a 78 and 74. Duffie had a solid back nine of the first round, putting up three birdies. Mancilla's day was dotted with five birdies, including twice at the par-five No. 2. Freshman Daniel Davis (Columbus, Georgia) rounds out the scorers for the Bobcats at 14-over.
Of the 12 teams positioned in front of the Bobcats at the tournament, nine are ranked in the top-25 on Golfstat. Host No. 2 FSC leads after two rounds at 20 under par. No. 23 Barry University is five strokes back. The field also includes No. 1 University of West Florida, No. 3 Nova Southeastern University, No. 4 Lynn University, No. 5 Florida Tech, No. 11 Saint Leo University, No. 12 Columbus State University and No. 14 Rollins College.
FSC's John VanDerLaan and John Coultas are tied atop the leaderboard at nine-under.
The third and final round begins tomorrow, Feb. 13. The Bobcats will take to the course at 8:30 a.m., teamed with golfers from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Eckerd College.
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