HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The No. 18 Georgia College golf team slipped beneath the cut for the NCAA Finals on the third and final day of action at the NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional, finishing in ninth place with a three-round score of 35-over par.
Taking on a tough 20-team field, the Bobcats needed to finish in the top-seven to advance to the NCAA Finals, missing that mark by eight strokes. The Bobcats shot 313 today, combined with a 291 and 295 in the first two rounds on the par-72, 6,928-yard El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.
Junior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) was tops on the team in 21st place overall among 108 golfers. The SuperRegional marks the first time Monte has posted the tournament low for Georgia College. Monte carded rounds of 73, 72 and 77 for six-over par. The round started with a birdie for Monte on the par-five No. 1, but he wouldn't card another sub-par hole on the round.
Junior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) finished a stroke behind Monte in 28th place. His rounds of 73, 74 and 76 were good for four-over. Fox also started with a birdie on the first hole, but finished the front nine with bogeys on each of the last four.
Senior All-American Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) was 55th at plus-13, carding rounds of 77, 74 and 78. Smith was one-under after six.
A stroke behind Smith at plus-14 was sophomore All-American Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) showing rounds of 73, 75 and 82. He didn't manage a sub-par hole in round three.
Rounding out the scoring was senior two-time All-American Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) finishing 78th at 17-over par. Garrett had rounds of 72, 79 and 82.
No. 1 Nova Southeastern University ran away with the SuperRegional title at nine-under with a 287, 284 and 284. No. 2 Barry University was second, a whopping 16 strokes behind. The other teams that qualified for the NCAA Finals are No. 9 Columbus State University, No. 6 Florida Southern College, No. 8 Lynn University, No. 24 University of West Florida and No. 3 USC Aiken.
NSU's Ben Taylor won individual medalist at six-under par, besting teammate Recardo Celia by just a single stroke.
The season has come to a close for Bobcat golf, one that saw Georgia College take top-five finishes in three different tournaments, while also putting two on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams.
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