Golf nabs South/Southeast Region Championship title
The No. 21 Georgia College golf team punched their ticket to the NCAA Finals May 9, winning the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship by a single stroke.
GC put up a 289 on the final day, added to rounds of 291 and 289 for five-over par on the par-72, 7,064-yard Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jones Course. No. 2 Barry University was just one stroke behind in second.
Junior Taylor Smith shot a team-best 70 today, and finished a team-best second at five-under par after previous rounds of 69 and 72. Smith missed a playoff for individual medalist honors by one stroke, carding five birdies in final round action.
Classmate Patrick Garrett was one stroke later in seventh place at three-under par. Garrett shot 71-70-72, birdying four straight from the seventh to the 10th hole.
Freshman Ryan Trocchio saved his best round for last, firing par after a 74 and 75 for plus-five in 28th place. Trocchio birdied the 13th and 15th, both were holes he bogeyed yesterday.
Classmate David Sullivan came next at plus-10 on rounds of 77, 74 and 75. Sullivan finally figured out the 18th, as after a triple and double-bogey the first two days, he recorded a birdie, one of his two on the final round.
Sophomore Victor Monte was 12-over par with rounds of 80-73-75. He was one-over on the back nine in the final round.
The Bobcats had won the Regional title just once before, in 2008.
GC golf finished fifth during stroke play at the NCAA Finals in Simpsonville, Ky., advancing to medal-match play, where they would fall in the NCAA Quarterfinal round.