By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Georgia College Golf climbed one spot to finish ninth at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Sunday after a 17-over team performance on the last 18 holes. The Bobcats finished ninth at plus-62 for the three rounds on the par-72, 6,939-yard Slammer and Squire championship course.
Junior Harrison Stewart (Roswell, Georgia) had his best round of the tournament and propelled the Bobcats up the leaderboard with his one-over 73. He posted four birdies almost immediately on the front nine but couldn't hold on to the four-under day three score. He added three bogeys and one final double on the par-four No. 18. He went to the clubhouse on top of the Bobcat squad and tied for 23rd of the 55 players with a three-day score of 14-over par.
Sophomore Thomas Hodges (Monroe, Georgia) came in two strokes behind Stewart after a solid five-over 77 scorecard for day three. He struggled on the front nine, doubling the par-five No. 4 with a follow-up bogey on the par-four No. 5. The back half allowed him one birdie on No. 12, but he added a few more strokes with another bogey and double before signing his card. He finished the tournament in solo 35th at 16-over for the three rounds.
Senior David Sullivan (Woodstock, Georgia) finished his last collegiate tournament with a five-over 77. His bogey on the par-four No. 1 was quickly erased with a birdie on No. 4, but four more bogeys put him at four over for the day going to the 10th tee. He took one stroke back, though, with a birdie on the par-four No. 12 and finished the round with two more bogeys. His five-over third round put him at tied for 37th on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Thomas Knight (Eastman, Georgia) had his worst round of the tournament Sunday. Shooting the day-three team-high of 10-over 82, seven bogeys, one double and one triple were on Knight's card. Two birdies on No. 4 and No. 11 helped bring his score down before finishing tied for 37th with teammate Sullivan and Dustin Travis from the University of Montevallo.
The freshman, Matty Hines (Woodstock, Georgia) rounded out the team for Georgia College with his best round of the tournament. He broke 80 for the first time at Slammer and Squire championship course, shooting a six-over 78 with just six bogeys. He finished tied for 51st at 26-over for the tournament.
PBC rival Columbus State University took home the trophy with the best team three-day score. No. 15 Flagler College took second, just two shots back from the Cougars. No. 12 USC Aiken, No. 18 Georgia Southwestern State University and Lander University finished out the top-five for the tournament.
Lander's Michal Pospisil topped the field individually, moving up five spots with his two-under performance Sunday.
The tournament brings a close to the 2015-16 season for GC Golf, one which featured four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up spot at the Kiawah Island Invitational. Bobcat Golf will be back in action in September with hopes of strengthening the team over the summer.
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