March 17, 2009

#8 Bobcat Golf Takes Second in Playoff at Southeastern Collegiate

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VALDOSTA, Ga. - It took a two-hole playoff, but the No. 8 Georgia College & State University golf squad was finally upended by No. 6 Nova Southeastern University at the Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by No. 15 Valdosta State University.

The Bobcats led the first two rounds on the par-72, 7,127-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club course. For the three rounds, the Bobcats fired an eight under 856 (285-283-288). After both teams shot even par on the first playoff hole, the Sharks shot one-under on the second hole to grab the win.

Junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) led Georgia College for the fifth-straight tournament, taking third overall for the third-straight. Johansson carded a 70-71-71=212 at four-under, two strokes off the lead.

Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had his best finish since taking fifth at the Raines Intercollegiate in the fall. Lima finished two-under in eighth (72-69-73=214). Sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) finished strong with a pair of 71s after an opening 73 to take 13th with a cumulative 215.  

Sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) just missed the top-20 at 27th. Bide trimmed a stroke off yesterday's effort (72-74-73=219) while Young had better efforts in the first two days (71-72-76=219).

The Bobcats' runner-up spot matches last year's finish at this tournament. Host VSU's Brent Witcher led the tournament in all three rounds, struggling through a final round 73 to finish at six-under 210 (68-69-73).

Georgia College in back in action Monday, March 23, hosting the Bobcat Invitational at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.

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