Georgia College off to slow spring golf start

mlough@macon.comFebruary 12, 2014 

Georgia College most likely can’t wait for next weekend to arrive.

That’s when the No. 11 Bobcats can try to make up for a rough start to the spring golf season.

Georgia College finished 13th in the 15-team field of the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla.

Lynn shot a 12-under-par 852 in three rounds to win the tournament by six strokes over Barry.

Three Peach Belt Conference teams finished ahead of the Bobcats: tied-for-third Armstrong Atlantic, sixth-place USC Aiken and 12th-place Columbus State.

The Bobcats were 42 over with a 906, with the second round of 291 its best of the tournament. Ryan Trocchio led the Bobcats with a 5-over 221, tying him for 28th with six others.

Valdosta State, led by tied-for-20th Austin McNeill, finished 10th.

Georgia College competes in the Pirate Invitational on Feb. 24-25 in Savannah.

Around Mercer/A-Sun

• Milestones galore are being approached and passed in A-Sun men’s basketball

USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig cracked the 2,000-point mark with 22 points in the Spartans’ 75-63 win over East Tennessee State on Monday. He’s the seventh player to pass 2,000 and is projected to finish in the top five in A-Sun history in points and rebounds.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Bernard Thompson is two steals from 17th on the all-time list and is 14 points from 65th in scoring.

Mercer’s Langston Hall and Kennesaw State’s Delbert Love both have 1,000 points, 160 made 3-pointers and 130 steals. Hall needs 38 assists to become the A-Sun’s career leader and seven to move into third.

Mercer’s Bud Thomas is next in line for a 1,000 points, 11 away. Florida Gulf Coast’s Brett Comer has 936 points.

Craig and Ricardo Glenn are the first teammates in conference history to have 800 career rebounds at the same time. Craig is eighth with 903 and Glenn 10th with 857

• Entering Thursday, the A-Sun is 52-71 in men’s basketball non-conference games, with winning records against the Horizon (2-1), Mid-Eastern Athletic (8-1) and Southern (6-5).

Interestingly, the conference is 0-5 against the Big South. Conference USA is 7-3 and the Ohio Valley Conference 10-7 against the A-Sun. The conference is 3-18 against NCAA tournament teams of a year ago, and Mercer has two of those wins (Mississippi and Valparaiso) as well.

Around the state

• Georgia Southern signed a dozen baseball players recently on early signing day, including one high school player from the area and three from an area junior college.

Dublin outfielder Trevor Wood is on the list. Wood played outfield and second. The left-handed hitter batted .426 with three homers as a junior.

Middle Georgia State’s utility Spencer Duffie (Greenbrier), pitcher Tyler Graham (Hillgrove) and catcher/infielder Drew Kelley (Bainbridge) will also join the Eagles, who went 27-31 last season and open the season Friday at Georgia.

• One of Georgia Southern’s most revered football players has his name attached to a pretty hefty honor.

The FCS offensive player of the year award presented by College Sporting News will be named the Adrian Peterson Award.

Peterson is the NCAA Division I career rushing leader with 6,599 yards, set during his career with the Eagles from 1998-201. Georgia Southern went to three national championship games during his time in Statesboro.

In 57 career games, including the postseason, Peterson gained 9,145 yards on 1,378 carries with 11 touchdowns.

Peterson was inducted into the school hall of fame in 2012, three years after being part of the first class inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame in 2009.

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