ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Georgia College Golf squad places sixth after the opening round team score of 12-over par at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats find themselves 16 shots back of the leading No. 9 USC Aiken Pacers who recorded a team score of four-under through 18 holes of play.
The star of the day for Georgia College was senior Justin Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) who posted an impressive two-under par 70 on the par-72, 6,939-yard Slammer and Squire course. He is currently tied for second behind the leader Johnson Holiday out of USCA who carded a four-under 68.
Just four shots behind Connelly was senior Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) who shot a two-over par 74, good enough for a tie for 19th after his first round. Another solid performance came from sophomore Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville, Georgia), finishing round one in a tie for 30th after carding a five-over par 77.
Of the five teams ahead of Georgia College, four are ranked in the top-20. Joining No. 9 USCA is No. 11 Columbus State University in second, No. 19 Young Harris College in third and No. 18 Lander University in fourth.
Georgia College looks to make a push up the leaderboard in round two Saturday, April 14.
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