Bobcat Golf Takes Ninth at Bearcat Classic

Sophomore Austin Mancilla
Sophomore Austin Mancilla

GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Georgia College Golf squad finished its regular season Tuesday, taking ninth place among 19 teams at the 2018 Bearcat Classic, hosted by No. 17 Lander University. The Bobcats carded rounds of 295 and 290 Monday with a final-round 294 for plus-20 on the par-72, 6,800-yard Greenwood Country Club.

Sophomore Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville, Georgia) led the team for the third time this season, taking 22nd in the massive 101-golfer field. Mancilla wrapped a pair of 74s around a second-round 71 to get his three-over effort.

Senior Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) was second on the squad and 30th overall at five-over. The former All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) pick parred the first and last rounds with a 77 in the middle.

Senior Justin Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) and sophomore Drew Duffie (Evans, Georgia) tied for third on the team at six-over par in 34th place. Connelly carded rounds of 72, 74 and 76, while Duffie posted a pair of 75s and a 72. Rounding out the starters was freshman Daniel Davis (Columbus, Georgia) in 94th, adding rounds of 75, 82 and 80.

Young Harris College ran away with the team title at 14-under par, besting the field and second-place No. 16 Lincoln Memorial University by 17 strokes. YHC's Valter Andersson was the individual medalist as well, beating LMU's Harry Boyle by a single stroke at seven-under.

The field featured four teams ranked in the GolfStat Top-25, with No. 12 Columbus State University, No. 16 LMU and No. 17 Lander positioned ahead of the Bobcats. Georgia College finished in front of No. 20 University of Mount Olive.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, April 13 at the 2018 PBC Championship in St. Augustine, Florida.

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