By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
GREENWOOD, S. C. – The Georgia College golf team had their best start to this year's spring tournaments in South Carolina Monday, finishing tied for fourth on the team leaderboard after two rounds of play at Lander University's Bearcat Golf Classic.
All five Bobcats shot in the 70s for the two-round day at Greenwood Country Club, coming into the clubhouse with 288 strokes the first time out and 299 strokes the second stint.
Junior Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) recorded the best Monday score and sits tied for second at three-under par. Both scorecards were in the red with a two-under 70 for the first 18 and a one-under 71 for the second. Stewart hopes to maintain his momentum and eyes the best tournament finish for the Bobcats all season.
Senior David Sullivan (Woodstock, Georgia), whose game came to life in the last two tournaments in Valdosta and Milledgeville, comes in second on the Bobcat squad. He started strong, matching his teammate's low first round of 70, but struggled to remain under par in round two, shooting five-over 77. Currently, Sullivan is tied for 22nd on the individual leaderboard at three-over par.
Sophomore Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) had a very consistent first two rounds, posting two 74 scores to help the Bobcats into the top-five. He sits one behind Sullivan at four-over par and is tied for 25th.
Junior Thomas Knight (Eastman, Georgia) and freshman Matty Hines (Woodstock, Georgia) finish up the Bobcat roster for the Bearcat Classic. Knight shot a low 74 in the first round but struggled the second time out with a 77. He holds a T44 leaderboard position at seven-over. Hines had the highest round of the day in the morning, recording a six-over 78, but he refocused and cut a stroke off his second round for the third Bobcat 77 of the day.
Peach Belt rival Young Harris College has two players tied with Stewart at second place and currently holds a 12-stroke team lead over Lincoln Memorial University. Newberry College comes in one behind Lincoln Memorial and one ahead of the Bobcats. Georgia College sits tied with Wingate University to round out the top-five teams from Monday's action.
The Bobcats hope to improve their spring record with strong play during Tuesday's final round in Greenwood.
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