EATONTON, Ga. – The Georgia College Golf program is gearing up to host their annual home tournament next week. The Bobcat Invitational, set for March 18-19, will take place at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee near Eatonton.
The 2019 Invite is stacked with top competition, including the nation's top-three Division II Golf programs, led by No. 1 Barry University, No. 2 Lynn University, and No. 3 University of west Florida. The tournament also includes six of the nation's top-10 teams.
The tournament will feature in-state programs No. 20 Columbus State University, Valdosta State University, Clayton State University and Georgia Southwestern State University.
Lynn has dominated the Bobcats' home course with first place finishes in five of the last nine years, including two of the last three and the only program to win in back-to-back years in the tournament's history. However, it was USC Aiken who took home the victory last season, shooting a six-over after a two-hole playoff, earning their second victory on the Cuscowilla course in the past five years.
Florida Southern College's John VanDerLaan earned individual honors in last year's Invitational, finishing the course at four-under. VanDerLaan, a senior, looks to defend his individual title as he returns to the tournament one final time next week.
This will be the Bobcats' fourth tournament of the Spring 2019 campaign. The team's best finish this spring came at the Hurricane Invitational hosted by Georgia Southwestern, where they finished sixth in a field of 13.
Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee is a par 70, 6,730-yard golf course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Participants will take on the challenging links-style golf course with 36 holes this Monday, March 18, and a final round March 19.
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