MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 2 Georgia College& State University golf squad was chosen to the NCAA DivisionII South/Southeast Super Regional, the NCAA announced Friday. Thetournament runs May 4-6 as 20 teams will converge at Robert TrentJones of the Shoals in Florence, Ala.
This marks the 12th-straight season the Bobcat golfsquad has earned a nomination to the NCAA Tournament, all comingunder the guidance of head coach JimmyWilson.
Georgia College claimed the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region,behind national No. 1 Columbus State University. Five of the 20will move on to the NCAA Finals at the Loomis Trail Golf Club inBlaine, Washington.
Fourteen of the top-25 teams in the most recent NikeGolf/GolfWorld Divison II poll are in this super regional,led by CSU and GCSU. No. 3 Nova Southeastern University, No. 5 USCAiken, No. 6 Florida Southern College, No. 9 Lynn University, No.11 University of North Alabama, No. 12 Barry University, No. 13Lander University, No. 14 Clayton State University, No. 15 ValdostaState University, No. 16 University of West Florida, No. 20Newberry College and No. 24 Rollins College make up the uber-toughtournament.
The Bobcats are one of six Peach Belt Conference (PBC)institutions in the 20-team field. The Peach Belt only has eightschools that compete in men's golf.
Georgia College will defend its 2008 Southeast RegionChampionship, and junior Niclas Johansson(Skanor, Sweden) will also defend individual honors.
GCSU clobbered the field in 2008 by 13 strokes, finishing fourover par at 872 at Point Lake and Golf Club in Belmont, N.C.Johansson won the tournament with a four-under effort, athree-round 211. Georgia College then went on to the NCAA Finalsfor the seventh time in school history, finishing a school-bestfourth.
Four of the starters from last year's squad return, includingJohansson's fellow All-America teammate, sophomore Joe Young (Cochran,Ga.). Classmate Billy Shida (BerkeleyLake, Ga.) and junior Francisco Bide(Buenos Aires, Argentina) round out the four returningstarters. Junior Pedro C. Lima (SaoPaulo, Brazil) led GCSU at its most recent tournament,helping the Bobcats take third at the PBC Championships.
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