MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University golf team have been busy on the links this summer, as six Bobcats competed at last week’s Georgia Amateur Championship, while a seventh is a professional on the ECCO Tour in Sweden.
Georgia College had three golfers finish in the top-15 at the State Am, played on the par-72, 7,094-yard Landings Club-Deer Creek course. 2004 All-American Carter Collins (Statesboro, Ga.), now an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University, took a top-10 finish of eighth. Carter Collins finished four-over for the four rounds at 292, with his best round coming in the third, posting a 71.
A pair of current Bobcats, rising senior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) and rising sophomore Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) tied at 11th with a five-over effort of 293. Smith blistered through the course on the final day at a four-under 68, the second-best closing round behind only a 65 put up by tournament runner-up Chase Parker. Shida carded a 71 in round two, followed by 73s in the final two rounds.
Rising senior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) narrowly missed the top-20 by just a stroke with his second round 68 listed as third-best in the field that day. Young finished seven-over par at 296. Two strokes behind in 26th was incoming freshman Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.).
Carter Collins earned 100 points added to the 50 for his Georgia Four-Ball finish earlier this year. His 150 ranks him 12th in the list for Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) 2010 Men’s Player of the Year.
Four-time All-American Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) finished his Bobcat golf career in May, but continues on in the ECCO Tour in his native Sweden. His tour began with a seventh place finish at the Danfoss Masters June 9.
Seventh has been a familiar spot for Johansson, as he took that slot at the Golf Experten Open and again in his most recent effort, July 2 at the Willis Invitational – presented by Unibake and Hessel. Johansson has earned a total of 23,161.33 Kronor (the Swedish dollar), with his money total good for 36th in the ECCO Tour moneywinners list, or “Order of Merit”.
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