College Men

Ga. College’s Shida wins David Toms Award

Monday, January 31, 2011

Billy Shida of Georgia College & State University has received the inaugural David Toms Award, presented to the men’s collegiate golfer who has overcome adversity to achieve collegiate excellence.

After his freshman season, Shida began suffering from fatigue and body pain, and was later diagnosed with Lyme disease. A few weeks later, Shida had three lymph nodes removed.

After aggressive treatment last summer, Shida’s Lyme disease now is in remission. Shida is a junior from Berkeley Lakes, Ga.

“Congratulations to Billy for winning the award,” Toms said. “He has shown a great deal of perseverance to overcome illness and other personal issues to not only excel on the golf course, but the classroom as well. He is a great role model for a lot of his peers in collegiate golf. I know great things are ahead of Billy in his future and I wish him the best.”

Said Shida: “Receiving this award has been a nice culmination to the healing process. After I got the call informing me about the award, it took a while for it to sink in. For so long I downplayed everything. Once it sank in, it really was an honor to receive the award because it helped me understand what I’ve endured and how far I’ve come with my health and as a person.”