#8 Georgia College Golf Takes Bobcat Invitational, Bide Individual Medalist

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EATONTON, Ga. - Powered by a final round 287, the No. 8 Georgia College & State University golf squad won its home tournament the Bobcat Invitational, today (March 24) at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee. Georgia College's Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina/El Diamante (Calif.)) won individual medalist honors as the only competitor under par.

The Bobcats led the first and final rounds, with No. 2 Columbus State University owning the lead after two. The Bobcats finished fired a 284-288-287=859, toppling the second-place Cougars by seven strokes (866). No. 6 Nova Southeastern University was third at 870, No. 15 Valdosta State University was fourth at 876 and No. 20 Barry University and No. 3 Florida Southern College tied for fifth.

"This win particularly means a lot considering this year's field," said GCSU head coach Jimmy Wilson of the 12 teams in the top-20 of the GolfStat Head-to-Head Rankings. "This is by far the toughest tournament we've played this year."

The win marks the first team victory for the Bobcats since taking the 2008 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament May 7, 2008. Georgia College has won its host tournament just twice, with the first victory coming around five years ago.

Bide shot a final-round 66 to go with a pair of 71s (208) for two-under par. Two strokes behind was No. 12 University of West Florida's Kyle Scott. Bide's 66 was the low round for the day, and also matched the low for the tournament. He had five birdies in today's round. Nova Southeastern's Greg O'Mahony was three strokes back.

For GCSU, Bide was one of three top-20 finishers, as junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was leading after two rounds and fell to 16th (72-67-78=217) and sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) took 20th (72-73-73=218). Junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) finished 32nd carding a 69-77-76=222, and sophomore Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) shot a 76-77-72=225 for 40th.

The Bobcats also had three competing as individuals, with Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) 45th, Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.) 91st and Rich Crumpton (Eatonton, Ga.) 95th.

Georgia College is back in action April 20 at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships in hosted by UNC Pembroke.

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