By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Georgia College Golf sent five Bobcats to St. Augustine, Florida, for the annual Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship at Slammer and Squire championship course Friday, first round action against the PBC field. After 18 holes, the Bobcats are 10th on the team leaderboard with junior Thomas Knight (Eastman, Georgia) leading Georgia College individually at two-over par.
Knight had one hole off par on the front nine, triple bogeying the par-five No. 4. He took those strokes back with three birdies on his way into the clubhouse. Two bogeys on the back nine prevented him from sleeping on an under-par Bobcat lead, though. He finished tied for 18th out of 55 golfers with five other PBC players. He sits just five back of the tournament leader, USC Aiken's Hubert Tisserand.
Senior David Sullivan (Woodstock, Georgia) comes up two behind Knight for the Bobcats. His worst hole came at the par-three second with a double bogey, but he quickly climbed back to even par with two birdies on holes three and six. Sullivan finished out the front nine with two bogeys and added two more from the back nine. His round-one 76 puts him tied for 32nd going into Saturday.
Junior Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) had a rough start, bogeying the par-four first, but he went 10 consistent holes at par or better after that. He even birdied the par-four No. 12 to bring him back to even par. Stewart was five over on the last five though, dropping him down to a 77, tied-for-39th for day one.
Sophomore Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) matched his teammate's final score of 77, sullying his card with only five bogeys spread out over the day.
The freshman Matty Hines (Woodstock, Georgia) made his first appearance at a PBC Championship, shooting an 80 for the first 18 holes. His eight-over card included two birdies, five bogeys, a double and a triple. He finished tied for 47th with a lot of room to climb up the leaderboard in Saturday's round two.
Bobcat rivals Columbus State hold on to the top team spot after day one at three-over par on the par-72, 6,939-yard course. No. 12 USC Aiken is just one stroke back. No. 15 Flagler College sits two back of the leaders in third, while Clayton State University and Lander University share fourth. The Bobcats carded a plus-16 effort as a team, and are just nine strokes out of the top five.
The Bobcats continue the fight for the PBC's Golf Championship in round two Saturday. Georgia College joins the University of Montevallo in the first pairings to hit the course, as Hines leads the way, teeing off at 7:40 a.m.
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