MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University golf program continues to be one of the nation's best, and GolfStat.com has the stats to prove it. The Bobcat golf team as a whole as well as a pair of individuals were featured in high rankings in the most recent Division II statistical rankings.
Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was a solid fourth in the nation in par-3 scoring, averaging 3.10 per hole. He was behind a pair of USC Aiken golfers in Roberto Diaz (3.07) and J.P. Solis (3.09) as well as the nation's leader Brent Witcher of Valdosta State University (3.03).
Classmate Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) proved that distance is not an issue, coming in No. 8 in par-5 scoring. His 4.68 average was second among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) competitors behind No. 2 Will Wilcox of Clayton State University (4.55). Johansson was also 17th in sub-par strokes per round at 3.43, third among PBC golfers.
The team was in the top eight in all categories, including third in the nation in par-3s at 3.21. The squad was fifth in par-5 scoring at 4.84, as well as fifth in par-4 scoring at 4.18. The team's sub-par strokes per round this season was 2.90, good for a tie for seventh with Northeastern State University.
The 2009 season was another stellar one for one of the most decorated programs in school history. The Bobcats took fifth at the NCAA Finals, the fifth time in the last six years Georgia College has played for the Division II title, all coming under head coach Jimmy Wilson. Both Johansson and sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) earned All-PBC status for the second-straight season.
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