LAKELAND, Fla. – Senior Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.) did something no golfer has done since 1995, along the way helping lead the No. 15 Georgia College golf team to a second-place finish at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, hosted by Florida Southern College.
Shida posted three rounds under 70 with a 67-69-69=205, good for 11-under. The last time a golfer posted three sub-70 round scores was Florida Southern's Darron Stiles in 1995. David Toms also completed the feat for LSU in 1989, winning the tournament and also carding a minus-11. Shida was named the first David Toms Award winner this summer, a new honor given to a collegiate golfer that has overcome strong adversity.
The team posted rounds of 285, 285 and 292 to finish two under par, one of two teams to have a sub-par tournament. The other was tournament champion No. 9 University of West Florida, just four strokes ahead of GC on the par-72, 7,065-yard Lone Palm course.
Senior Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.) climbed to seventh, capping the tourney with a round of 71 today after a 73 and 69 yesterday for three under par. Sophomore Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) was 31st, finishing plus-five with a 73-73-75.
The Bobcats beat host No. 20 Florida Southern by three strokes. Three other Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools competed at the tourney, with No. 7 Columbus State University taking seventh, No. 25 Lander University finishing 14th and Clayton State University taking 15th.
Shida bested the field by five strokes, as FSC's Jude Eustaquio was six-under, tied with UWF's Blake Olson.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Feb. 28 at the Argonaut Invitational, hosted by West Florida.
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