GCSU Wins PBC Men's Golf Championship
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA -- Georgia College & State University tied
for the low team round of the day and held off a late charge from
USC Aiken to claim the 2010 PBC men's golf tournament title at the
Callaway Gardens Mountain View course in Pine Mountain. The
second-ranked Bobcats win their first PBC title since 2000 and
second in program history with a three-round total of 889, eight
strokes ahead of second-place USC Aiken. Day one leader
Armstrong Atlantic State finished third while host Columbus state
was fourth. UNC Pembroke's Jordan Walor was the individual
champion after firing an even-par 72 in the final round.
GCSU senior Niclas Johansson finished at even par and two strokes off the individual lead. The three-time All-American shot 72s in each of the three rounds, needing six birdies to balance out his four holes over par. The par-five seventh was a spot of brilliance for Johansson, carding birdies in all three rounds.
Junior Joe Young was sixth, carding a 73 following yesterday’s pair of 74s for five-over par. Young had a solid round, taking advantage of his long game, carding birdies on two of the round’s four par-fives. The former All-American posted a 12-hole stretch of par or better.
A spot behind in seventh was All-PBC Second Team selection Billy Shida. The junior carded rounds of 73 and 76 before today’s effort of 74, ending up seven-over par. Shida birdied three of the par-four holes, and had a great beginning to his back nine, at par or better for the first six holes.
PBC Golfer of the Year Francisco Bide was one stroke out of a top-10 finish, taking 13th at plus-nine (75-74-76). Bide was at even par until the 11th in today’s round.
USC Aiken had finished the first two rounds on Monday in a tie for fourth place. The Pacers posted a second straight team score of 293 in the third and final round to move up two spots to second with a total team cumulative score of 889 (303-293-293).
Frederik Schulte led all Pacers in the event with a third place finish at the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship. Schulte at 219 finished just five strokes back of the leader. Schulte finished the first round with a 73 that was quickly followed up by a strong 71 in the second round. He carded a 75 in the third and final round on Tuesday.
The Pacers had three players finish in the top eight in the tournament with Kevin Grady and Grant Carnie tying three others for eighth place with a total three-round tally of 224.
Walor became the first Brave to ever win the medalist honor at the PBC Tournament. Walor (70-72-72/214) carded his second consecutive even-par round to grab the title, while Georgia College’s Niclas Johansson (72-72-72/216) finished two strokes back in second place after registering a double bogey on 16, while also bogeying the 18th and final hole. The duo went into the final three holes deadlocked at 3-under par.
GCSU receives the PBC's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament, which will be held May 3-5 at the Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C.
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