SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 6 Georgia College golf squad and head coach Jimmy Wilson look to defend their title at the 2011 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships Monday and Tuesday at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Savannah, Ga.
Georgia College is GolfStat’s top ranked squad in the PBC, and brings three golfers from last year’s championship team to this year’s match.
The three are seniors Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.), Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) and Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.). Joining the trio is sophomore Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) and freshman Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.).
A two-time All-American, Young continues to impress this season, battling back from an early injury to post the league’s best stroke average at 71.2. Young is coming off a win at the Bearcat Invitational just last week, and has twice been selected PBC Golfer of the Week.
An All-PBC selection a season ago, Shida is second on the team and in the PBC with a 72.5 stroke average. Shida has won the PBC Golfer of the Week three times this season.
Yonz was the low man for the Bobcats at last year’s NCAA Southeast Regional. This season, he owns a 74.2 stroke average over seven starts, good for 17th in the league.
Garrett has had a great first season as a regular starter for Coach Wilson, putting up a 73.2 stroke average over his 10 events, the lone Bobcat to start every tournament this season. Garrett’s numbers put him sixth in the PBC, and he was also a PBC Player of the Week winner this season.
The lone freshman in the lineup, Harper has packed quite a punch, joining the starting lineup for seven events. His 73.4 stroke average ranks ninth in the conference, and the rookie owns a pair of top-10 finishes.
Last season, the Bobcats ran away with the title, beating the field by eight strokes. Graduated golfer Niclas Johansson was the low man for GC, finishing two off the lead in second place. Young and Shida were both in the top-10 at sixth and seventh, respectively.
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