by Wally Senter, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 10 Georgia College golf team has released its schedule for spring 2014. The schedule includes five regular season tournaments.
The season will kick off in Lakeland, Fla. at the Matlock Invitational, hosted by Florida Southern College, Feb. 10-11, followed by the Pirate Invitational in Savannah, Ga., hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University, Feb. 24-25. The Bobcats finished eighth at the Matlock Invite in 2013, and did not play at last year's Pirate Invitational after taking the title in 2012.
The Bobcats will swing into the spring with three tournaments, starting with the Southeastern Intercollegiate in Valdosta, Ga., hosted by Valdosta State University, March 10-11. Valdosta was the site of the Bobcats' top finish last spring, taking fourth overall.
The lone home meet for GC golf, the Bobcat Intercollegiate in Eatonton, Ga. comes March 17-18. The Bearcat Invitational rounds out the regular season in Greenwood, S.C., hosted by Lander University, March 24-25.
Georgia College starts postseason play in April with national tournament aspirations in mind. The PBC Championship starts the postseason at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., hosted by Columbus State University, Apr. 18-19. The 2014 NCAA South/Southeastern SuperRegional will be held at the Savannah Quarters Golf Club in Savannah, Ga. on May 6-8. The Bobcats will look to improve upon last year's ninth-place finish in the region to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
All eyes will then be on Allendale, Mich. at the Meadows at Grand Valley May 19-23 for the NCAA Championship.
The Bobcats had a solid fall, taking top-10 finishes at all four tournaments, highlighted by third place at both the Jay Jennison Memorial and the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. Senior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) is the team's leader in average at 72.2, owning the team's lone top-five finish by taking second at the Jennison. Classmate Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) owns a 72.9 stroke average, and junior Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) sits at 73.1.
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