EATONTON, Ga. - Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee will once again serve as the backdrop for this year's Bobcat Invitational, as the No. 8 Georgia College & State University golf team will host the annual 18-team three-round tournament from March 23-24. Teams will play two rounds Monday and finish up with the final round Tuesday.
The tournament has quickly become a who's who of top Division II golf programs in the southeast, as 12 of the teams are listed in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America/Nike Golf Division II Top 25. The tournament features the top four teams on the list, and eight of the top-10.
Five of the top 10 teams in the most recent GolfStat Head-to-Head Rankings will take to the links in Eatonton. The GolfStat rankings are a much more quantitative measure of success on the golf course, taking into effect stroke averages and number of teams beaten in tournaments.
Along with No. 8 GCSU, No. 1 USC Aiken, No. 2 Columbus State University, No. 3 Florida Southern College and No. 4 Lander University will tee it up Monday morning. Rounding out the field's top-10 teams are No. 6 Nova Southeastern University, No. 9 University of North Alabama and No. 10 Clayton State University.
Last year's team champions, No. 12 University of West Florida returns to defend its title this year, and is ranked No. 18 by GolfStat. No. 15 Valdosta State University has the 14th slot with GolfStat, while No. 20 Barry University is placed No. 17. Rounding out the top-25 schools in the tournament is Coker College at No. 21, owning a No. 16 slot in the GolfStat rankings.
Outside the top-25 is Armstrong Atlantic State University, positioned No. 36 by GolfStat, Belmont Abbey College with a No. 31 slot, Carson-Newman College at No. 56, Queens University (N.C.) at No. 59, Rollins College at No. 33 and UNC Pembroke at 52nd.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.