#2 Bobcat Golf Chosen for NCAA Super Regional

#2 Bobcat Golf Chosen for NCAA Super Regional

>>>Full 80 team field

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 2 Georgia College & State University golf squad was chosen to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional, the NCAA announced Friday. The tournament runs May 4-6 as 20 teams will converge at Robert Trent Jones of the Shoals in Florence, Ala.

This marks the 12th-straight season the Bobcat golf squad has earned a nomination to the NCAA Tournament, all coming under the guidance of head coach Jimmy Wilson.

Georgia College claimed the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region, behind national No. 1 Columbus State University. Five of the 20 will move on to the NCAA Finals at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Washington.

Fourteen of the top-25 teams in the most recent Nike Golf/GolfWorld Divison II poll are in this super regional, led by CSU and GCSU. No. 3 Nova Southeastern University, No. 5 USC Aiken, No. 6 Florida Southern College, No. 9 Lynn University, No. 11 University of North Alabama, No. 12 Barry University, No. 13 Lander University, No. 14 Clayton State University, No. 15 Valdosta State University, No. 16 University of West Florida, No. 20 Newberry College and No. 24 Rollins College make up the uber-tough tournament.

The Bobcats are one of six Peach Belt Conference (PBC) institutions in the 20-team field. The Peach Belt only has eight schools that compete in men's golf.

Georgia College will defend its 2008 Southeast Region Championship, and junior Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) will also defend individual honors.

GCSU clobbered the field in 2008 by 13 strokes, finishing four over par at 872 at Point Lake and Golf Club in Belmont, N.C. Johansson won the tournament with a four-under effort, a three-round 211. Georgia College then went on to the NCAA Finals for the seventh time in school history, finishing a school-best fourth.

Four of the starters from last year's squad return, including Johansson's fellow All-America teammate, sophomore Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.). Classmate Billy Shida (Berkeley Lake, Ga.) and junior Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina) round out the four returning starters. Junior Pedro C. Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led GCSU at its most recent tournament, helping the Bobcats take third at the PBC Championships.

Visit www.GolfStat.com for live statistics and more information, including tee times.

Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports.