by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College golf team concluded its 17th-consecutive Regionals in a tie for 16th with Rollins College. The Bobcats shot a third-day team-score 310 for a three-day 911 total at the 2014 NCAA South/Southeast Regionals at Savannah Quarters Country Club on the 7,016-yard par-72 course.
"I'm very proud of the competitive nature of this group," said head coach Jimmy Wilson. "The guys competed just as hard as always. It just wasn't in the cards for the Bobcat golf team this year."
Georgia College's team scores for the three-day event were 300, 301 and 310, respectively. The 911 total was 47-over par. The top-four scorers for the Bobcats today were senior Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.), freshman Conner Albright (Macon, Ga.), senior Bryan Fox (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore David Sullivan (Woodstock, Ga.). Just behind Sullivan by one stroke was freshman Nicolas Falkinhoff (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Monte finished with a three-over par 75, followed by a five-over par 77 by Albright. Fox was third on the team with a six-over par 78, while Sullivan rounded out the team scoring with an eight-over par 80. Falkinhoff improved his game from the previous day to finish with a nine-over par 81.
Georgia College's two departing seniors finished highest individually overall. Fox, who had the best score of any golfer Tuesday, finished with a 226 (81-67-78) tied-41st. Just one stroke behind him was Monte with a 227 (75-77-75), tied-52nd.
"We lose two tremendous seniors in Victor Monte and Bryan Fox," said Wilson. "Our younger guys certainly have some big shoes to fill."
Albright finished tied-71st (75-78-77) with a 230 total and Sullivan carded a 233 score (74-79-80) for tied-80th. Falkinhoff finished tied-95th with a 240 (76-83-81).
The Bobcats ended 30 strokes back of a national invitation with No. 1 Barry University taking the Super Regional Title with a four-under par 868. The Buccaneers were the only team in the tournament to finish under par.
The other six teams that finished below Barry (and over-par) that will play for the National Championship are: No. 11 Nova Southeastern University (10-over par), No. 3 USC Aiken (12-over par), No. 8 Armstrong Atlantic State University (12-over par), No. 6 Lynn University (13-over par), Delta State University (17-over par) and No. 13 University of North Alabama (17-over par).
Wilson summed up the three-day tournament, "It's always tough preparing for finals and NCAA Regionals at the same time. The boys worked hard both in the classroom and on the golf course. It just seemed as though we couldn't get out of our own way this week."
Prior to this week, the Bobcats were getting in everyone else's way. Georgia College entered the Super Regionals with first- and second-place finishes in its last two outings. In March, the Bobcats won the Bearcat Invitational Golf Classic hosted by Lander University. In their lone April appearance, Georgia College finished runner-up in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
Individually, three Bobcats made the All-PBC Team. Fox was a First Team selection, while Monte and junior Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Ga.) were selected to the Second Team.
Fox finished second and tied-second in the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate and the Bearcat Invitational, respectively. The senior was named PBC Golfer of the Week and Bobcat Athlete of the Week once during the season.
Falkinhoff also received Bobcat Athlete of the Week honors and finished fourth overall in the Bearcat Invitational.
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