By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Georgia College Golf maintained their top-10 positioning after the final round of play in the South/Southeastern Preview at Mission Inn Resort and Club Tuesday. The tournament featured one of the toughest fields the Bobcats will face all season, with GC Golf taking 10th among 18 teams.
Georgia College picks up a top-10 finish for the first time since taking seventh at the Jay Jennison Memorial Sept. 22.
Junior Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) was the low man on the card for Georgia College, shooting a four-over 76. Stewart struggled the first time out on the course with a high 82 but came back strong late Monday with the team tournament low of 74. He managed to shoot another impressive round Tuesday. His even score on the back nine propelled him into the top spot for the team and T-40 in the 93-golfer field.
The Bobcats put two men one shot behind Stewart in 44th, a 233. Junior Harry Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia) and freshman Matias Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) helped the Bobcats with their scores today, despite both shooting their highest rounds of the tournament, recording a 79 and 83 respectively. Lambert went into the front nine with a nice birdie on the par-five No. 1, but finished his round bogeying six of the last seven holes. Chiappero was the top man for the Bobcats going into round three, but was challenged by par-four holes today. One of Chiappero's bright spots of the day was his birdie on the par-five No. 14, where he birdied Monday as well.
Senior David Sullivan (Woodstock, Georgia) shot his low round of the tournament Tuesday with a six-over 78. His play left him with three birdies, two bogeys, two doubles and one triple, leaving him with a final tournament score of 238.
Junior Conner Albright (Macon, Georgia) finished up for the Bobcats with an 81 on the day. His strong, almost error-free start was hurt after shooting five-over on his last five holes.
The field on the par-72, 7,015-yard course features 10 teams in the top 30 of the GolfStat Head-to-Head Rankings. Eight of the nine teams ahead of Georgia College are on the list, including champion No. 10 Lynn University, host No. 1 Saint Leo University, No. 2 Chico State University, No. 4 Nova Southeastern University, No. 5 Florida Southern College, No. 11 Lee University, No. 17 GSW, and No. 20 Carson-Newman University. The Bobcats finished ahead of No. 13 University of North Alabama and No. 28 Delta State University.
Overall, the Bobcats had a strong showing at their second tournament of the spring season. After an off week, the Bobcats head to Valdosta for the Southeastern Intercollegiate March 13-15.
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