Georgia Golf Bolts to the Top of NCAA Championship Board


The Georgia golf team chose the finest time to play the best golf of the season, climbing to first place with two members contending for individual honors.

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It took Mother Nature to cool off the red-hot Georgia golf team in the third round of the NCAA Golf Championships in Bradenton, FL. The Dawgs started the day in third place at 5-over par. When play was suspended due to lightning, the Bulldogs sat at 1- over par for the tournament, good enough first place. Georgia, Southern Cal and Illinois will complete the third round tomorrow at 7:00 AM with the fourth round to follow.

“It is what it is,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said to “This round isn’t over yet and we’ve got to go out bright and early to finish it. But when you play as much tournament golf as these guys do, this is not an uncommon occurrence. The nice thing is, it should be a different golf course in terms of being nice and cool and hopefully a calmer wind.”

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Georgia’s 4-under with 12 of the teams 90 holes to play, is the third best score of the round. The Dawgs are led by Mookie DeMoss who is 4-under par and Zack Healy who is 1-under par in the round.

DeMoss is 2-under, Zach Healy 4-under, and for the tournament.

Said Haack , “You’ve got to hit it to the right spots and miss it to the right spots and you can’t take any crazy chances out here.”

Mission accomplished for the Bulldogs so far in the third round, The Dawgs had bogeyed only once.

Georgia is trailed by Southern Cal in second at 4-over par and Illinois and LSU tied for third at 7-over with Vanderbilt in fourth place at 8-over. While the 33 seeded Bulldogs lead and 13 seed Southern Cal is in second, several top seeded teams are now eliminated from the field  – including three-seeded Arizona State, seven-ranked Stanford and eight-ranked Texas Tech.

In the individual competition, the Bulldog’s Healy is tied for third at 4-under with Illinois’ Thomas Detry and South Florida’s Claudio Correa. UAB’s Paul Dunne is in second place and SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau is in first place at 7 -under par. Georgia’s DeMoss remains in the in contention with a 2-under par.

The individual champion is crowned Monday, which also the last day of stroke play after the 30 team field is cut to 15. On Tuesday, the field will be cut to eight and the format shifts to head-to-head team competition. For Georgia to miss the last cut, the Dawgs will have to drop at least 13 strokes to the teams tied in the eight spot – UCLA and Georgia Tech.

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