Patience Prevails as #16 GC Golf is Runner-Up in PBC Tournament
by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College golf team finished second with a plus-five 293 score in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship at the par-72, 7057 yard Callaway Gardens-Mountain View Golf Course hosted by Columbus State University Saturday. Freshman Nicolas Falkinhoff (Buenos Aires, Argentina) finished in a third-place tie overall and was named to the PBC All-Tournament Team.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys competed today," said head coach Jimmy Wilson. Nico (Falkinhoff) and Vic (Monte) were solid all day. Both David (Sullivan) and (Bryan) Fox hit a rough stretch but they hung in there and fought back."
Due to weather conditions, tournament officials were forced to make this year's tournament a single-round event making it the second in PBC history and first since 1997. The Bobcats' second-place finish is their best showing since winning the tournament in 2010. Before that win, the last time Georgia College had a second-overall finish was in 2003. Wilson attributed today's strong showing to the team's patience.
"Before the round, we talked a lot about remaining patient and not trying to force the issue," said Wilson. "I felt as a whole, we really did a good job remaining patient."
Falkinhoff finished in a four-way tie for third overall with a one-under par 71. He shot one-over 37 on the front nine, but improved on the back nine with a two-under 34 by being more patient.
Fresh after being named to the All-PBC Second Team, senior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) finished in a four-way tie for seventh shooting a par-72. Monte was the most consistent Bobcat golfer on the day, shooting a 36 on both the front and back nines.
All-PBC First Team senior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) finished in a five-way tie for 12th. Fox shot a one-under 35 on the front nine and a three-over 39 on the back nine for a two-over 74 total.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bobcats was sophomore David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.), who finished in a six-way tie for 22nd with a four-over par 76.
Freshman Conner Albright (Macon, Ga.) shot a six-over 78 and finished tied for 38th in the field of 55.
"Now we start preparation for the NCAA Regional Championship," said Wilson. The Bobcats entered today's tournament off a win in the Bearcat Classic Invitational in the team's last action.
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