DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Playing in their lone Peach State tournament of the fall, the Georgia College Golf team is enjoying some home cooking, positioned third after day one Monday at the UNG Fall Invitational, hosted by the University of North Georgia. Junior Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville) leads the charge, tied for first at seven-under.
Mancilla carded rounds of 69 and 68 at the par-72, 6,967-yard Achasta Course, by Reynolds. The Bobcat junior is in a tie atop the leaderboard with Cameron Kellett of No. 18 Young Harris College.
Freshman Isaac Samples (Loganville) followed a scorching first-round 67 with a 71 and sits at six-under in third place in the 49-golfer field. The 67 marks the best round by a Bobcat Golfer this season, and matches last season's low by Mancilla at the 2018 Bobcat Invitational. The last freshman to card a round that low for GC Golf was Ryan Trocchio (2015) in the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Third on the team and 15th overall is sophomore Daniel Davis (Columbus) at one-over with rounds of 70 and 75. Davis' first-round 70 is a career-low. Junior Drew Duffie (Evans) is 32nd with rounds of 74 and 76 for six-over and junior Alex Wells (Evans) stands 39th, shaving two strokes off an opening round 78 with a 76 in round two.
The Bobcats sent one individual to the course as well in Hilton Beck (Macon). Playing in his first collegiate tournament, he stands 44th, posting rounds of 80 and 78.
GC Golf is third at six-under, just a stroke behind host North Georgia. YHC is running away with the tournament at 20-under par.
The third and final round comes tomorrow, Oct. 2.
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