Bobcat Athletics Hosts Year-End Senior Banquet

Seniors Brandon Benson and Faith Flanders
Seniors Brandon Benson and Faith Flanders

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Athletic Department held its annual senior banquet Thursday night, with athletic department seniors getting together for as a group for the last time prior to graduation this Saturday.

Bobcat Athletics also gave out its year-end awards.

Senior Female Athlete of the Year was given to Faith Flanders (Dublin) of the GC Softball team. Flanders was a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Team selection, earning All-Southeast Region in 2016 as well. She finishes her career second in school history in RBIs, sixth in home runs, sixth in hits and ninth in batting average.  

GC’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award went to GC Baseball’s Brandon Benson (Loganville). Benson has had one of the best single seasons in GC Baseball’s history, earning three PBC Player of the Week honors as well as two Region Player of the Week awards. He has set the NCAA-era single season record for home runs in school history at 21, and ranks in the top-five in career home runs and RBI in school history.

The John Kurtz Award for top senior contributor to the GC Baseball program was given to pitcher Brady Walsh (Marietta). Walsh has emerged as a top pitcher for the Bobcats in his senior season, starting out in the bullpen and working into a starting role. He ranks fifth in the NCAA in WHIP and fifth in the PBC in ERA. The award is named after the founding father of Georgia College Baseball, coach John Kurtz.

The Dr. Michael Peeler Award for top senior contributor to the GC Golf program went to Harry Lambert (Suwanee). Lambert has been a regular starter for nearly his entire Bobcat Golf career, earning three-time PBC All-Academic Team status as well as Management Student of the Year this season. 

The Council Family was given the Bill Childers Award for top supporter of GC Athletics. The Council Family has opened up their farm over the last few years to host home cross country races. Their support has been crucial in the development of the Bobcat Cross Country program, and allowed Georgia College Athletics to serve as the host for the 2016 PBC Cross Country Championships.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.