EATONTON, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf squad stumbled out of the gate at the 2019 Bobcat Invitational Monday and is positioned 15th after two rounds at the par-70, 6,730-yard Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.
The Bobcats got much stronger in the second round, carding a 306 and then 291 for plus-37, six strokes behind Valdosta State University.
Sophomore Daniel Davis (Columbus) leads the way, thanks to an even-par effort in round two. Davis stands 23rd at three-over after two rounds of 73 and 70.
Also with an even par second round was freshman Hilton Beck (Macon). He posted an 83 in round one, however and stands 70th at plus-13. Second on the team and 43rd overall in the 81-golfer field is junior Austin Mancilla (Lawrenceville). Mancilla had a team-low 72 in round one, combined with a second-round 74 for six-over.
The Bobcats also sent five individuals to the course, led by senior Mati Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) in 66th. He posted a pair of 76s. Junior Alex Wells (Evans) is 70th with a 77 and 76, while freshman Michael Zachary (Johns Creek) owns an 80 and 75 in 74th. Freshman JT Kling (Evans) has an 81 and 83 and is 79th, while senior Jake Minchew (Waycross) is 81st after rounds of 88 and 82.
The team lead is owned by No. 2 Lynn University at three-under par, two strokes ahead of No. 9 Florida Southern College in second. Jorge Garcia of Barry University and the University of West Florida's Carlos Marrero are tied for individual medalist at five-under par.
Of the 14 teams ahead of Georgia College, nine are ranked in the nation's top-25. Along with Lynn and FSC, the field includes No. 1 Barry, No. 3 UWF, No. 6 Nova Southeastern University, No. 8 Saint Leo University, No. 20 Columbus State University, No. 22 Rollins College and No. 23 Limestone College.
Other notables include a hole-in-one for Cole Madison of Georgia Southwestern State University on hole No. 8 in the first round. In addition, the 65 shot by Tomas Gana of Lynn in round two ties the tournament low for the last 12 seasons.
The third and final round gets underway tomorrow, March 19 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The Bobcats will be paired with golfers from VSU and GSW.
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