Georgia golf: An unsung group of ‘Dang Good Dawgs’

The Georgia golf men’s team wraps up play in the Southern Highlands Collegiate event Tuesday. The event is at the Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nv.

It took some doing, but we found a sport where the otherwise lowly Georgia Tech ranks higher than our Georgia Bulldogs. That is Men’s Golf. The NCAA has Georgia Tech at No. 3 and Georgia golf at No. 20.

Given recent history in other sports, Yellow Jacket golfers would wilt under pressure and succumb to our linksmen were they to compete head to head, which they won’t likely do. Collegiate golfers compete in multi-school tournaments during regular season play, not one school vs another.

But let’s not talk about the Jackets. They are busy licking wounds after a baseball trouncing and other trouncings at the hands of the Bulldogs. Let’s talk about the Georgia men’s Golf Team.

What do we even call them? The Dance Floor Dawgs? (Dance floor is golf slang for the green – but not a ton of people know that.) Divot Dawgs? (Nah, that says virtually nothing about their prowess.) Duffer Dawgs? (Absolutely not.) Dew Sweeper Dawgs? (Dew sweeper is golf slang for early AM tee times – both too obscure and meaningless.) We’ll have to ponder this.

What this duffer hack writer knows is Georgia golf cranks out a whole lot of very successful professionals. Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Harris English, Sepp Straka, Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Keith Mitchell, Chris Kirk, Hudson Swafford, Lee McCoy and Chip Beck. We would say “to name a few”, but that would suggest we only named a few. We hope you understand what we are getting at.

The 2020 Georgia Men’s Golf team got off to a roaring start yesterday, Sunday, at the Mar. 1-3 Southern Highlands Collegiate Tournament in Las Vegas. The Dawgs’ Davis Thompson is co-leader, and the Dawgs are sitting pretty in 7th place going into Tuesday’s round.

This hack golfer writes more like Lewis Grizzard than Furman Bisher, so I won’t attempt to describe how the rounds went even if I could find out. Heck, I even had to look up some of those slang golf terms beginning with a “d”. But the good news is Georgia golfers are looking dang good so early in the year.

Truth be told, I don’t even know how the college season works. Georgia played August through November at places like Pebble Beach and the Ka’anapali Golf Resort in Maui, Hawaiʻi, with somewhat less glamorous stops at courses in Louisiana, Oregon and Indiana.

But aren’t you impressed that I know the fancy way to punctuate Hawaiʻi? I pronounce it Har-Why-Yer, one of many reasons I am not a golf announcer.

Then Georgia golfers took approximately 2.5 months off, as if people need rest after an intermediate spell of whacking little balls around meticulously groomed surfaces at resort destinations. Maybe the poor men needed time to let their suntans fade.

The guys kicked off 2020 competition from Feb. 16-18 in the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Golf Club in Rio Grande, P.R.

Please know that this hacker duffer writer, who knows little about golf other than considering it a good walk spoiled when you play as poorly as I do, aspires to learn and write more about the remainder of the 2020 Georgia Men’s Golf season. Maybe by next column I can come up with something better to call them than the Dance Floor Dawgs.

And if I haven’t lost you by then maybe I’ll even write about the also stellar and equally unsung Georgia Women’s Golf team. So much University of Georgia sports excellence to write about, so little time.

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