March 15, 2011

#9 Bobcats, Garrett Clean Up at Southeastern Collegiate

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Sophomore Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) won his first career tournament, powering the No. 9 Georgia College golf team to its first victory since the fall semester, taking the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate championship Tuesday.

The event is played at the par-72, 7,140-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, hosted by Valdosta State University.

Garrett followed up yesterday's 70 and 72 with another 70, tying for the best round of the day. Garrett finished four under at 212.

Second on the team and 11th overall was the two-time Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Golfer of the Week Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.). Shida's 75 wasn't counted toward the team score today, but he still finished three-over par thanks to yesterday's 74 and 70. Senior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) took 15th at four-over. The two-time All-American carded a 73 today, combined with yesterday's 74 and 73.

Classmate Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) gave the Bobcats three golfers in the top-20 by taking 20th. The senior saved his best round for last, consistently shaving strokes while getting a 77 in round one, 74 in round two and a crucial 70 today. Rookie Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.) fired a counting round today with a 72, finishing with a three-round 225 in 30th.

The Bobcats finished five over par, posting rounds of 295, 289 and 285 for a three-round score of 869. GC edged No. 10 Barry University by four strokes. The Bobcats beat a total of eight ranked teams in the tournament, including No. 3 Lynn University, No. 4 University of North Alabama, No. 5 University of West Florida, No. 13 Columbus State University, No. 15 VSU, No. 17 Florida Southern and No. 23 Delta State University.

The last win for the Bobcats came Sept. 15, 2010 at the Spring Hill Suites Intercollegiate.

Garrett beat CSU's Rourke Van der Spuy and Armstrong Atlantic's Aaron Elrod, the duo just two strokes away at two-under.

The Bobcats are back in action March 21-22, hosting the Bobcat Invitational at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla.

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