NORMAN, Okla. – The honors keep coming in for the outstanding season No. 11 Georgia College golf just finished up, as juniors Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) and freshman Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) were named to the Division II Ping All-American teams.
Garrett takes third team honors, while Smith and Trocchio were listed as an honorable mention. It is the first such honor for all three student-athletes.
An All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) First Team pick, Garrett led the squad and finished fourth in the PBC with a 72.6 stroke average in his 11 starts. The junior had three top-10 finishes, including his victory at the 2012 Armstrong Pirate Invitational. At the NCAA Finals, he took 19th at even par, then won his match-play pairing in the quarterfinals 71-75.
An All-PBC Second Team selection, Smith played in 11 tournaments this season, posting a 73.1 stroke average. Smith had one top-five finish among his three top-10s on the year. In the NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional, Smith helped lead the Bobcats to the victory, taking second overall at five-under par, one stroke behind medalist honors. He was second on the squad and 15th overall at the NCAA Finals at one-under.
Trocchio was the PBC Freshman of the Year and garnered an all-conference second team nod. The rookie shot a 73.5 average over 10 events, nabbing two top-five finishes among his six top-10s. At the NCAA Finals, he finished tops on the squad and fifth overall at six-under par. He also took his quarterfinal match-play round 71-74.
All-time, Bobcat golf has earned 24 All-America honors, all coming under head coach Jimmy Wilson. A year ago, Joe Young was a second-team pick, while Billy Shida earned honorable mention.
The Bobcats had a phenomenal 2011-12 campaign, winning an NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional Championship without the benefit of a single senior. The squad advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals as well. The region title was just the second in school history, and the Bobcats put three on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams and garnered the third PBC Freshman of the Year in program history, now adding three All-American honors as well.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information.
Division II PING All-America Teams
Matt Atkins, USC-Aiken
Trevor Blair, CSU-Stanislaus
Josh Creel, Central Oklahoma
Adam Hedges, Belmont Abbey
Carlos Rodriguez, West Florida
Marcelo Rozo, Lynn
Kyle Souza, Chico State
Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern
Jordan Walor, UNC-Pembroke
Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian
Ty Chandler, North Alabama
Eric Frazzetta, Chico State
Jake Greer, North Alabama
Zack Kempa, IUP
Jim Knous, Colorado School of Mines
Oscar Lengden, Nova Southeastern
Daniel Stapff, Barry
Ricardo Celia, Nova Southeastern
Kyle Chappell, Dixie State
Daniel Claytor, Barton
Rob Damschen, CSU-Stanislaus
Patrick Garrett, Georgia College
Craig Gibson, Georgia Southwestern
Dylan Goodwin, Western Washington
J.P. Griffin, Georgia Southwestern
Matthew Campbell, Newberry
Spencer Cole, Rollins
Case Gard, Florida Southern
Marcelo Huarte, Barry
Luke Kwon, St. Edward’s
Hayden Letian, USC-Aiken
Chris McCracken, CSU-Stanislaus
Jonathan McCurry, UNC-Pembroke
Greg Mergel, Flagler
Cy Moritz, Central Missouri
Matt Motes, Armstrong Atlantic State
Santiago Quintero, St. Edward’s
Kevin Rei, Chico State
Travis Russell, Hawaii-Hilo
Dillon Rust, Central Oklahoma
Marcus Segerstrom, Barry
Taylor Smith, Georgia College
Alex Sobstad, CSU-Monterey Bay
Paul Tighe, Wilmington
Ryan Trocchio, Georgia College
Nick Varelia, Western Washington
Daniel Young, Lynn