LAKELAND, Fla. – The Georgia College golf squad started its spring 2015 season this week, taking 11th place at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, hosted by Florida Southern College. The Bobcats shot rounds of 295, 299 and 295 in an uber-tough field; of the 10 teams in front of Georgia College, nine are currently in the Golfstat NCAA top-20.
Senior Ryan Trocchio (Norcross, Georgia) was ready for his final spring season, firing rounds of 67, 71 and 71 to finish a seven-under on the par-72, 7065-yard Lone Palm Golf Club course, good for fifth place. The seven-under score is his career-best for three rounds, edging his effort as a freshman in the 2012 NCAA Division II Championship by a single stroke.
Second on the squad and 55th overall was Matheus Balestrin (Brazil) posting a 12-over 228. Balestrin carded rounds of 72-75-81. A stroke behind in 57th was David Hemann (Augusta, Georgia) improving as he went along with rounds of 79-75-75. He finished 13-over par.
Junior David Sullivan (Woodstock, Georgia) was 60th at 14-over, following up yesterday's 77 with rounds of 78 and 75 today. Nicolas Falkinhoff (Buenos Aires, Argentina) had a counting 74 in round three, but finished 71st overall at plus-27.
No. 1 Nova Southeastern University won the tourney at 26-under par, blowing away the field by 10 strokes. No. 4 Barry University took second at 16-under. The field included nine teams ranked in the top-25, including No. 2 USC Aiken, No. 6 Lynn University and No. 9 Saint Leo University.
Barry's Adam Svensson took individual honors at 12-under par. He edged Nova's Richard Mansell by two strokes.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Feb. 23 at the Pirate Invitational, hosted by Armstrong State University.
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