PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College golf team matched its best round of the tournament on the final day Tuesday, carding a 291 to finish third at the 2012 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship at Callaway Gardens.
The third-round 291 combines with a 293 and 291 yesterday for a total of 11-over par at the par-72, 7,057-yard Callaway Gardens Mountain View course. The Bobcats finished just three strokes behind the tie for first place at the tourney.
No. 6 UNC Pembroke and No. 15 USC Aiken tied for the team lead with an eight-under par 872, with UNCP taking the first playoff hole for a PBC title.
PBC Freshman of the Year Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) took ninth at three-over par, following yesterday's 71s with a 77 today. Trocchio battled with just one birdie after recording six holes under par over the first two rounds.
Recording the team's lowest final round was Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.), a one-under 71 after yesterday's 81 and 73, taking 21st in nine-over par. Monte got a solid and consistent start, with just one hole over par on the front nine in today's action.
Junior All-PBC selection Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) was just a stroke behind Trocchio in 11th, firing 76-72-72 for a four-over effort. The No. 37 golfer in the nation, Garrett recorded four birdies on the front nine today.
Freshman David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.) tied Monte at 21st with rounds of 74, 75 and 76. Sullivan was at even par for the final five holes today. Junior All-PBC pick Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) was 27th, bookending a pair of 72s around an 82. The No. 53 player in the country, Smith recorded three birdies in his final round.
Flagler College's Joel Dahlenburg defended his 2011 Individual Medalist honors successfully, finishing at three-under par, just one stroke ahead of USCA's Matt Atkins.
The Bobcats beat three teams in the Golfstat top-30, as No. 30 Columbus State University was fourth, No. 19 Armstrong fifth and No. 20 Georgia Southwestern State University took sixth.
Georgia College now awaits at-large selection to the 2012 NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional, set to begin May 7. The event is hosted this season in Conover, N.C. by Lenoir-Rhyne University.
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