April 11, 2010

Player of the Year Bide Leads Bobcat Four on All-PBC Teams

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PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team put four players on the All-Peach Belt Conference Teams, with senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) earning the PBC Player of the Year, the conference office announced Sunday at the championship banquet.

Bide, classmate Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) and junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) were named to the first team, with junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) earning a second-team nod.

Bide ranks second in the PBC in stroke average at 72.5. He owns a pair of top-five finishes, losing in a playoff at the season-opening Kiawah Island Intercollegiate and tying for third at the Lander Bearcat Classic in late March. He had seven top-20 finishes in his 10 starts.

Young is the league’s stroke average leader at 72.3 with three top-five finishes to lead the team. The junior won the Matlock Collegiate Classic Feb. 16 and has six top-20 finishes in 10 starts.

A three-time All-American, Johansson is third in the PBC with a 72.6 stroke average. His best finish came in a second-place spot at the Richard Rendleman Invitational in early March. He’s got six top-20 finishes.  

Shida possesses a 73.2 stroke average, good for seventh in the league. His best finish came in a third-place slot at the Kiawah Island Invitational in the fall. He has five top-20 spots, marking half of his starts.

Bide is just the third PBC Golfer of the Year in the storied history of men’s golf at Georgia College. Ola Bjoerklund won the title in the 2000 season, the last year that the Bobcats took the PBC Championship. GCSU Athletics Hall of Famer David Robinson won the next three honors, giving the Bobcats a four-season stretch of taking the PBC Golfer of the Year finishing up in 2003.

The Bobcats are back action Monday, April 12 in the 19th annual PBC Championship at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. The Bobcats will compete in 36 holes Monday, finishing up with another 18 Tuesday.

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