VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf team stands 17th after two rounds at the 2018 First Federal Southeastern Collegiate, battling one of the top Division II fields in the country. The Bobcats are at plus-31 after rounds of 302 and 309 at the par-72, 7,363-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The field features the top-11 teams in the country and 14 of the 18 teams are ranked in the top-25 in the latest GolfStat Head-to-Head Rankings.
Sophomore Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville) jumped 17 slots in today's action, carding a pair of 73s thus far to be positioned 16th in the 93-golfer field.
Senior Thomas Hodges (Monroe) is second on the team and 60th overall, posting rounds of 76 and 77 for nine-over par. Classmate Justin Connelly (McDonough) added a 76 today to yesterday's 78 and is in 65th place at 10-over.
Sophomore Drew Duffie (Evans) is at plus-14, going for an 83 today after a strong 75 yesterday. Classmate Jake Minchew (Waycross) has rounds of 82 and 86 for plus-24. Hodges, Duffie and Mancilla each posted two birdies in today's action.
No. 11 Newberry College is tied with No. 1 University of West Florida at one-under for the team lead. The top slot for individuals is owned by UWF's Chandler Blanchet, the No. 4 player in the country at eight-under par. No. 1 John VanDerLaan of Florida Southern College is two strokes back in second.
The third and final round begins tomorrow, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. for the Bobcats. Minchew leads Georgia College to the course, teamed with golfers from Flagler College and No. 10 Lee University.
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