Bobcat Golf Saves Best Round for Last, Takes 14th at Southeastern Collegiate

Junior Austin Mancilla
Junior Austin Mancilla

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf squad shaved two strokes off their second round effort, leaping three spots to finish 14th Tuesday at the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by Valdosta State University. The Bobcats finished with a three-round score of plus-23 on the par 72, 7,365-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, beating three conference schools, including a top-25 squad.

National No. 23 golfer Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville) fired his first sub-par round today, carding a 71 to go with a 74 and 72 for one-over. Mancilla finished 23rd in the 93-golfer field, posting five birdies in today's effort. The only hole he birdied twice over the three days was the par-five No. 11, despite posting 11 birdies over the three rounds.

Second on the squad and 42nd overall was sophomore Daniel Davis (Columbus). Davis carded a 73 today with a 74 and 72 yesterday for six-over par. His final round of action brought 16 holes at par or better.

Freshman Hilton Beck (Macon) finished in the top-50, with rounds of 76, 74 and 74. Beck was eight over in 50th place.

Junior Drew Duffie (Evans) was 83rd at plus-16. Duffie had a 72, 77 and 83 over his three rounds. Junior Alex Wells (Evans) had a counting round of 75 today, and combined with a 78 and 80, finished 87th.

The Bobcats finished ahead of conference foes Flagler College, Lander University and No. 25 Georgia Southwestern State University. Of the 13 schools ahead of Georgia College in the standings, nine are ranked in the nation's top-25. The team was won by No. 1 Barry University at 16-under par, nine strokes ahead of ahead of No. 9 Nova Southeastern University. The rest of the field included No. 2 Lynn University, No. 3 University of West Florida, No. 5 Florida Southern College, No. 6 Florida Tech, No. 15 Saint Leo University No. 19 Limestone College and No. 23 Columbus State University.

GC Golf is back in action Monday, March 18 hosting their home tournament, the Bobcat Invitational at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.

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