MARTINEZ, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recently announced its PBC Men’s Golf All-Academic Team, with No. 6 Georgia College & State University taking half of the six spots on the squad.
Senior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) joined juniors Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) and Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) on the six-member team. All three Bobcats were on the inaugural PBC All-Academic Team in 2009.
Yonz owns the Georgia College athletic department’s best GPA at a 3.95 in chemistry. Johansson keeps a 3.42 in management with a minor in international business. Shida has a 3.36 in accounting.
The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
The 2009-10 season was another great one for the Bobcats, one featuring three tournament wins, including the 2010 Peach Belt Championships. Senior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was chosen PBC Player of the Year, with Johansson, Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and Shida also taking all-conference honors.
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