MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University men’s golf program and head coach Jimmy Wilson, fresh off winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship April 13, will head to Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C. May 3-5, taking on the field at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Region Championships.
Bobcat golf makes its 12th straight appearance in this tournament, thanks in part to the automatic bid generated from the conference title. The lone region title in school history came just two years ago in 2008, and the ‘Cats have finished in the top five in each of the last 10 seasons.
The top five finishers in the extremely tough Super Regional Tournament field get the chance to play in the NCAA Finals May 17-21 at Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. Fifteen of the last 16 NCAA National Champions have come from this extremely talented Super Regional area, as well as 24 of the last 26. The Super Regional has won 31 total National Titles since the inception of the Division II Championship in men’s golf in 1963.
The Bobcats are coming off a title at the PBC Championships April 13. Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was chosen the PBC Player of the Year, with classmate Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) taking second at the conference championships. Those two, as well as juniors Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) were selected to the All-PBC teams this season, Shida taking second-team honors.
Johansson and Young are tied for the team lead in stroke average at 72.5, with Bide at 72.8 and Shida at 73.3. The Bobcats have three golfers ranked in the top five in scoring average in the conference. The team’s fifth golfer, junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) has made five starts this year with a 74.5 average. Yonz put up rounds that counted for the team score in the second and third frames of the PBC Tournament, including a 74 in round two that was second best on the squad.
In the Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings, Georgia College is the top team in the region tournament at No. 2, but 12 other teams are positioned in the nation’s top-25. No. 3 Barry University, No. 4 Florida Southern College, No. 5 University of North Alabama, No. 7 Belmont Abbey College, No. 8 Lander University and No. 9 Lynn University make seven teams in the national top-10. No. 12 Nova Southeastern University, No. 16 University of West Florida, No. 20 Barton College and No. 21 St. Leo University, No. 23 Valdosta State University, No. 24 Flagler College are the other top-25 rosters in this year’s regional field.
The addition of No. 26 Armstrong Atlantic State University, No. 27 Queens University (N.C.), No. 29 Columbus State University and No. 30 Newberry College puts 17 of the 20 teams in the tournament as top-30 squads. South Atlantic Conference Champion No. 40 Lincoln Memorial University, No. 32 Rollins College and No. 44 Arkansas Tech round out the field.
Action begins May 3 with live scoring available at www.GolfStat.com .
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