Golf team building strong foundation with freshmen
Wind or shine, the GC golf team can be found out on the course. The golf team practices five days a week with two to three hours on the driving range.
“I expect the team to compete in every competition, and why not win a few?” said junior Drew Duffie, a business major.
The team looks forward to competing in Valdosta as well as the home tournament near Lake Oconee, hoping the long days of practice will result in a trip to regionals and eventually nationals.
“Everything will fall into place,” said junior Austin Mancilla, an accounting major.
The team this year is young, with six of the 11 team members being underclassmen.
Both Duffy and Mancilla said they believe next year is going to be the year for the team. However, according to head coach Patrick Garrett the underclassman are loaded with talent and have the ability to make a big impact on the course this year.
“Two of our stars [Duffy and Mancilla] are only juniors,” Garrett said. “Duffy acts as the comic relief while Mancilla is intense, but both are equally as passionate about the sport.”
Compared to last season, the team has scored ninth out of 15 teams and 12th out of 15 at the Matlock Collegiate Classic. Last season, the Bobcats scored second out of eight teams at the UNG tournament, not scoring below eighth place all season. Having placed second place at the UNG tournament, the Bobcats ready for what’s to come, such as their home tournament in March.
With the home course advantage, the team plans to use that factor to propel themselves into nationals.
For the five upcoming tournaments, the Bobcats expect to compete their best and eventually secure a PBC championship before moving on to contend on the national level.
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