by Alex Cooper, sports information student assistant
VALDOSTA, Ga. – With a final round of 304 on Tuesday, the No. 12 Georgia College golf team finished fourth at the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Ga. The 304 was combined with round one and two scores of 294 and 298 to give the Bobcats a tournament total of a plus-32 896.
The Bobcats finished just four shots behind fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member No. 8 Columbus State University for third place, and one shot ahead of fifth place finisher No. 4 University of North Alabama at the par-72, 7,140-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
Senior All-American Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) led the Bobcats with a first round 72, followed by two rounds of 73, to finish with a two-over par total of 218, good for fifth overall in the 75-player field. After posting first two rounds of 75, junior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) carded a final round 76 to finish in 27th, with a 10-over par 226.
Senior All-American Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) finished in 36th after struggling with a final round 82, combined with a 71 and 75 from Monday. Joining him in 36th was junior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) who remained consistent with three rounds of 76. Sophomore Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) carded a final round 79 to go along with his Monday scores of 77 and 75, to finish 53rd in his first start of the spring season for the All-American.
No. 2 Barry University brought home the team title, finishing with a six-over par 870, four shots ahead of No. 5 Florida Southern College. The individual champion was Tim Crouch of FSC, who posted rounds of 74, 68 and 68 to finish at six-under par overall.
Georgia College beat seven teams ranked in the GolfStat Top-25, including No. 4 UNA, No. 10 Lynn University, No. 13 University of West Florida, No. 18 Rollins College, No. 19 Georgia Southwestern State University, No. 20 Armstrong and No. 24 Florida Tech.
The Bobcats will be back in action March 18 and 19 as they host their lone tournament of the season, the Bobcat Intercollegiate at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla in Eatonton, Ga.
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