NEW YORK – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced its year-end regional awards, with No. 6 Georgia College & State University earning four spots on the PING All-Southeast Region Team, and head coach Jimmy Wilson being named the Eaton Golf Pride Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
Seniors Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) joined juniors Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) and Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) as all-region selections for the Bobcats.
Wilson guided Georgia College golf to three tournament victories during the 2009-10 campaign, including the second Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship in school history.
The 2010 PBC Player of the Year, Bide posted a 73.0 stroke average, and eight top-20 finishes in 12 events. He also had four top-10 slots, including a pair of top-fives. Johansson was tops on the team in stroke average at 72.6, boasting seven top-10s and three top-five finishes.
Young finished second on the team with his 72.7 stroke average. He mirrored Johansson’s seven top-10s and three top-fives. Shida was fourth on the squad at 73.3 for a stroke average. He had six top-20 finishes, including four times in the top-10 and a top five finish.
Six other PBC school golfers were named to 18-member All-Southeast Region Team. The four Bobcat golfers move on to the All-America ballot, as only the nine-member first team has been announced, with no Georgia College golfers selected to that squad.
The 2010 PBC Champions, Georgia College golf is one of the more decorated programs in school history, having another outstanding season in 2009-10. The team picked up the conference title among three tournament wins, added four all-conference golfers and the PBC Golfer of the Year, as well as the four PING All-Region selections.
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