EATONTON, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf team carded a final-round 305 Tuesday at the 2016 Bobcat Invitational, the school's home tournament. The Bobcats finished 14th at plus-69 for the tourney.
Today's 305 combined with yesterday's rounds of 303 and 301 helped the Bobcats climb a spot to 14th on the par-70, 6,730-yard Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee. Georgia College beat No. 10 USC Aiken by seven strokes, and finished just seven from a top-10 finish.
Senior David Sullivan (Woodstock) saved his best round for last, going two-over today and plus-16 for the tourney. He finished 38th overall among the tourney's 90 golfers. He posted rounds of 76 and 78 yesterday.
Freshman Matty Hines (Woodstock) and junior Harrison Stewart (Roswell) tied for second on the team and 43rd overall. Hines showed consistency with a 75-76-76. Stewart led after day one, including a second-round 69, the lone sub-par round for the Bobcats over the two days. He went 78-69-80 for the three rounds, positioned 17-over par.
Freshman Matias Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) had his first counting round of the tournament today, shooting 80-85-77 for plus-32 in 87th. Junior Thomas Hodges (Monroe) battled through a tough 83 today, but joined with a 74 and 78 yesterday was third on the team overall at 25-over par.
This being the team's home tournament, the Bobcats also sent four individuals to the course, led by junior Thomas Knight (Eastman) in 34th. Knight had rounds of 70, 80 and 74 for 14-over par. Juniors Nicolas Falkinhoff (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Harry Lambert (Suwanee) are both 24-over in 69th. Falkinhoff had a 76-77-81, while Lambert managed a 78-75-81. Junior Conner Albright (Macon) had an 80-77-80 for 27-over par.
Of the 13 teams ahead of Georgia College, 10 are in the nation's top-30. The Bobcats finished ahead of national No. 10 USCA.
No. 8 Lynn University led all three rounds, finishing nine strokes ahead of No. Florida Southern College in second. No. 6 Barry University is ahead of the tie between No. 3 University of West Florida and No. 4 Nova Southeastern University in fourth.
Lynn's Jose Andres Miranda posted a 66 in round one, a low for this year's tournament, followed that up with a 73 and then shot a 71 today to take the tourney at even-par. He edged a tie between John VanDerLaan of FSC and Barrett Waters of No. 16 University of West Georgia at three strokes back.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 28 at the Bearcat Invitational in Greenwood, South Carolina.
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