GNTC Bob­cats re­lease 2017 fall golf sched­ule

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Af­ter more than year of hia­tus, the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Bob­cats are ready to get back on the golf course once more.

New head coach Ed­die Jack­son has been hard at work over the past nine months re­cruit­ing an en­tire new ros­ter and set­ting up the Bob­cats 2017 sched­ule, a slate that in­cludes four tour­na­ments this fall.

The Bob­cats will be­gin the sea­son on Sept. 10-12 at the Wal­lace State In­vi­ta­tional in Cull­man, Ala. The tour­na­ment will be played at the Cross Creek Golf Club. Ge­or­gia North­west­ern last played in the tour­na­ment in 2015 and fin­ished in sev­enth place in the team stand­ings af­ter post­ing scores of 302 and 303.

The next event will be the United States Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (USCAA) Na­tion­als, Oct. 8-10, in State Col­lege, Pa. The na­tional tour­na­ment will be con­tested at the Penn State University Blue Course, which hosted the tour­na­ment in 2015.

To qual­ify, play­ers must av­er­age 100 or lower (for 18 holes) dur­ing the sea­son. Each five-player team will count their four low­est scores. Teams are per­mit­ted to bring a fifth player with an av­er­age of no more than 105 in or­der to fill out a ros­ter.

Last year, Blue­field State (W. Va.) posted scores of 301 and 311 to fin­ish in first place at 36over par. SUNY Can­ton (N.Y.) was sec­ond at 47-over and Cleary University (Mich.), the 2015 na­tional cham­pion, was third at 52-over.

In­di­vid­ual hon­ors went to Kevin Kim of Berea Col­lege (Ky.), who shot 70 and 73. He was the only player in the field to fin­ish be­low par (1-un­der). Nick En­gle­man (Penn State Le­high Val­ley) and Nolan Reid (SUNY Can­ton) tied for sec­ond at 2-over.

A to­tal of 108 play­ers and 18 teams, both men and women, com­peted in last year’s tour­na­ment. South Carolina-Aiken won the first USCAA na­tional ti­tle in 1972.

The Bob­cats’ fall sea­son will con­tinue in Rome, Ga. on Oct. 22-24 for the Berry Col­lege In­vi­ta­tional. The event will be played at the Stone­bridge Golf Club. GNTC played in the tour­na­ment in Oct. 2014, when it was held at the Coosa Coun­try Club. The Bob­cats shot 311 both days and tied for 13th place.

The fall slate will wrap up Nov. 12-14 in Mont­gomery, Ala. at the Trojan In­vi­ta­tional, hosted by small col­lege golf power Cen­tral Alabama Com­mu­nity Col­lege. It will be held at the Wyn­lakes Golf Club.

Other matches may be added later in the sum­mer.

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