June 8, 2010

#6 Golf Lands Three on All-America Squad, Johansson Becomes First Male Four-Time All-American in GCSU Athletic History

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NEW YORK – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) recently released its PING Division II All-America teams for 2010, with three members of the No. 6 Georgia College & State University squad earning Honorable Mention distinction. With this year’s award, Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) became the first male four-time All-American in Georgia College athletic history.

Seniors Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Johansson joined junior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) in taking the nation’s top honors in Division II golf.

This marks Bide’s first All-America award after a stellar season, taking the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Golfer of the Year trophy. Bide finished with 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.

With Johansson’s Honorable Mention, he joins GCSU Athletics Hall of Famers Julia (Roudkovskaya) Dimitrov (1999-2002) and Lilia Biktyakova (1998-2001) as the only four-time All-Americans in school history. Johansson was tops on the team in stroke average at 72.6, boasting seven top-10s and three top-five finishes in 2010.

Young brings home his second All-America trophy after being named to the squad in 2008 as a freshman. Young finished second on the team with his 72.7 stroke average. He mirrored Johansson’s seven top-10s and three top-fives.

All-told, Georgia College golf has now earned 20 All-America honors, all coming under the 14 seasons of 2010 GCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year Jimmy Wilson.

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 three GCAA All-American selections.

The GCSU Department of Athletics, back-to-back winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College 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. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.