by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Niclas Johansson (2006-10), former golfer for the Bobcats at Georgia College & State University has taken his talents overseas to try and qualify for the European Golf Tour.
“Niclas Johansson was a fierce competitor at Georgia College,” said head golf coach Jimmy Wilson. “He was our first male four-time All-American. Whatever he sets his mind to he is going to do well at because that is just the type of person he is. We wish him the best of luck in qualifying and in his future endeavors.”
Johansson shot a whopping 13-under par in the opening four-day qualifying event, edging out Canadian Andrew Parr by two strokes in Ebreichsdorf, Austria. He shot under par in all four rounds posting a 69, 68, 68, and 70.
Check out the full leaderboard here: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/qualifying/season=2010/tournamentid=2010983/leaderboard/index.html
The Second Stage takes place over four courses in Spain: Costa Ballena Ocean Club, Arcos Gardens, Hacienda del Alamo and El Valle Golf Resort from Nov. 26-29 before the Final Stage at PGA Golf Catalunya Resort in December, where 30 players plus ties will win a European Tour card for 2011.
Johansson was a four-time GCAA/PING All-American and a three-time GCAA/PING All-Southeast Region team member at Georgia College.
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