by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
POOLER, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the 16-member all-conference team Sunday night, with Georgia College coming away with most of the hardware. Senior Billy Shida (Duluth, Ga.) grabbed Player of the Year honors, while head coach Jimmy Wilson picked up the Coach of the Year Award.
Shida was second in the PBC with a 72.5 stroke average, along with five top-10 finishes and one tournament win.
Accompanying Shida on the first team was Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.), who led the PBC with a 71.2 stroke average, as well as Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.). Young also won a tournament, while finishing in the top-10 six times. Garrett finished the year with a 73.2 stroke average, ranking sixth in the conference, to go along with one tournament win and three top-five finishes.
Freshman Gavin Harper (Twin City, Ga.) nabbed second-team honors for his 73.4 stroke average, good for eighth in the conference. Harper also had two top-10 finishes on the year.
Fourteen year head coach Jimmy Wilson picked up the PBC Coach of the Year award after leading his team to eight top-five finishes this year. The Bobcats led all teams with a 289.2 stroke average, over three strokes better than any other team. It is the third such honor for Wilson, who also won PBC Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2008.
Shida is just the fourth PBC Golfer of the Year is Georgia College’s prestigious men’s golf history.
Georgia College will look to remain hot, coming off six straight top-five finishes, as they begin PBC Tournament action Monday, April 11 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.
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