NORMAN, Okla. – The Georgia College golf team put two student-athletes on the 2012 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars list, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced recently. Rising seniors Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) both earned spots on the list.
Smith and Garrett were two of the 54 nominated to the Division II team.
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. He has posted a 3.39 GPA in biology.
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. Smith owns a 3.26 GPA in accounting.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
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, adding three All-American honors as well.
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