WILSON, N.C. – The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf team shot its best round of the three Wednesday at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional, but the 288 wasn’t enough, as the Bobcats finished 12th, ending their season at Wilson Country Club. Georgia College finished 15 strokes out of fifth, with the top-five squads moving on the NCAA Finals.
The Bobcats shot an opening round 292, adding a 294 Tuesday and today’s 288 for plus-22 on the par-71, 6,839-yard course. Georgia College tied for 12th with No. 20 Barton College.
Junior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) had a career-best opening round 69, but did that one better today, carding seven birdies en route to a 68. His three-round total was an even-par 213, jumping from 44th to finish 14th today.
Junior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) was just one-over with a 72 today, his best round of the three. His total was a plus-seven 229, good for 49th. He had a pair of birdies in his first nine, coming on the 14th and 15th.
Two over par with a 73 was junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) matching yesterday’s score. He had a rough beginning to action today, over par in three of his first four holes. Young righted the ship, including five birdies to finish 72nd at 11-over.
Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) was 52nd after carding a four-over 75 today, with just one birdie, coming on the par-five 14th. Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was 78th, carding a 76 today.
No. 3 Barry University won the tournament with a seven-under 845. The Bucs beat No. 9 Lynn University by just one stroke. The three other teams in the top-five were No. 4 Florida Southern College (+2), No. 12 Nova Southeastern University (+6) and Queens University (N.C.) (+7).
Ben Lasso of Queens took individual medalist honors, carding a 67 today and finishing eight-under par. He beat a trio of golfers by three strokes.
The tournament ends the 2009-10 season for the Bobcats, one featuring three tournament wins, including the 2010 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships. Bide was chosen PBC Player of the Year, with Johansson, Young and Shida also taking all-conference honors.
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