Georgia Golf One Match From the NCAA Finals


Change those lunch plans Bulldog Nation. After cruising through the stroke play portion of the NCAA Tennis Championships, the Georgia golf team powered past South Florida into a semi-final match with LSU at 1:30.

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After two days of outstanding play, the Georgia golf team cruised through the last round of stroke competition at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, FL. Then Tuesday morning in the round of eight, the Dawgs dispatched host South Florida 4-1. Georgia plays this afternoon at 1:30 for the finals berth.

“We made it to match play and that was the goal. Now anything can happen,” Haack yesterday said to  Perhaps it will as the Bulldogs ultimate team goal is still on the table.

Despite entering the tournament seeded 26 out of 30 teams, the Bulldogs finished third in the stroke play part of the event to earn the matchup with South Florida.

Coach Haack was driven to understatement by the weeks events, saying. “I was hoping to see us put it all together at the right time and we did it. We picked a good week to play well.”

Georgia now faces LSU in the semi-finals at 1:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will square off on Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. for the national championship

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“I could not be prouder of my teammates,” Junior Lee McCoy said to Monday evening. “Nobody expected Georgia to challenge for a national championship, yet here we are. We have a group of guys incredibly motivated and determined and playing for each other. There’s no better team chemistry out there than ours.”

The Bulldogs finished stroke play at 6-over 1,158. Illinois took the top spot at 3-over 1,155, while Vanderbilt wound up at 5-over 1,157, and Texas tied the Bulldogs at 6-over 1,158.

Georgia appeared in match play in 2009 and 2011. The match play format was adopted for the 2009 season. Georgia won national championships in 1999 and 2005, both under Coach Chris Haack.

McCoy paced the Bulldogs on Monday as he fired a 2-under 70. DeMoss and sophomore Greyson Sigg each signed for a 1-over 73, followed by junior Sepp Straka at 3-over 75. Freshman Zach Healy had the Bulldogs’ non-counting score of 5-over 77.

DeMoss came in 11th individually at even-par 288, eight shots shy of NCAA medalist Bryson Dechambeau of SMU. Healy came in 16th at 1-over 289, followed by McCoy at 6-over 294, Straka at 9-over 297 and Sigg at 10-over 298. “