MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – For the 16th straight season, the No. 17 Georgia College golf team has qualified for the NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional. Held at the par-72, 6,928-yard El Campeon golf course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., the tournament is set for May 6-8.
Featuring 54 holes over the course of three days, defending SuperRegional Champion Georgia College needs to finish in the tournament's top five to advance to the NCAA Finals.
Bobcat golf brings an experience-laden squad, with the benefit of two seniors.
All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) First Team selection Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) leads the Bobcats to battle with a team-low 73.5 stroke average, good for third in the PBC. Smith played in the region tournament for the first time in 2012, leading the Bobcats to the Championship by taking second overall at five-under.
Fellow senior and All-PBC Second Team pick Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) has a pair of All-American trophies to his credit, and a 74.8 stroke average this season. Garrett finished seventh at last year's SuperRegional, coming in three-under par.
Junior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) is second on the team among regulars with a 74.4 stroke average over his eight starts this year. Fox didn't compete in last year's tournament, but is coming off a team-best fifth-place finish at the PBC Championships.
Junior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) narrowly missed the top-20 at the PBC Championship, coming in 22nd. Monte owns a 76.2 stroke average and is a returning starter from last year's SuperRegion win. 2012 National All-Freshman Team selection Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) owns a 75.4 stroke average, and was third on the team in taking 28th at this tournament as a rookie.
Georgia College competes against an extremely tough field, featuring seven of the top-10 teams in the most recent GolfStat Division II Head-to-Head Rankings, led by No. 1 Nova Southeastern University.
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