Courtesy: Steven Colquitt
Before the NCAA Championship, Georgia coach Chris Haack said he felt a score at or near even par would put a team in contention for the national title.
The Bulldogs held up their end of the bargain at 1-over 1,121, but they had to settle for second place as Stanford took top honors with a blistering 11-under 1,109.
Despite the runner-up finish, the Bulldogs held the No. 1 ranking in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Georgia won five tournaments in the spring and placed second in two others.
While disappointed about the runner-up finish at the NCAAs, the Bulldogs to a man said their display of resiliency made it easier to accept.
Following the third round, Georgia was in 16th place and was in jeopardy of missing the cut. But the Bulldogs scored an 11-under 269 in the third round to make things interesting.
“We made a nice run and gained some respect for the last two days,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “The last round never quite materialized like we wanted it to. We never got on that run we wanted. But I am so proud of this team for not quitting. We knew we had a chance if we played the way we’re capable. Sometimes you win the big one and sometimes you don’t. But the bottom line is we hung in there and gave it our best shot.”
“I thought it was an impressive, gusty performance by our team,” senior Brendon Todd said. “Winning a national championship is not an easy thing to do, and you’ve got to put it all together for four days to make it happen. I’m proud of the way we hung in there. I think that shows our younger guys just how much hard work it takes.”
Kirk Chosen As Ben Hogan Award Winner As The Nation’s Top Player
Georgia’s Chris Kirk was chosen as the recipient of the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.
Kirk won four collegiate tournaments as a senior and earned First-Team All-America and First-Team All-SEC recognition. He also set the school record with seven career victories.
“We could not be prouder of Chris,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “I can’t think of anybody in the country who played better than he did this season. He is so steady, so consistent. He sets the bar very high for himself and his teammates, and our guys responded to that. This is a well-deserved honor for Chris.”
Kirk, Todd, Harman, Mitchell Earn All-America Honors
Four members of the Georgia men’s golf team received All-America honors from PING and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd were chosen for the First Team following the last round of the NCAAs. Then the GCAA announced that Brian Harman had been named to the Second Team and that Adam Mitchell had received Honorable Mention honors.
Kirk earned First-Team status for the second straight year, joining Chip Beck in 1977 and 1978 as the only Bulldogs to accomplish that feat. Kirk also was a Second-Team choice in 2005. Todd, who was an Honorable Mention choice his first three seasons, joined Kevin Kisner as Georgia’s only four-time All-Americans.
Harman picked up Second-Team honors for the second straight year, while Mitchell earned All-America accolades for the first time.
Conference Calls For Bulldogs
Three members of the Georgia men’s golf team were named First-Team All-SEC and another one was picked as the SEC Freshman of the Year in voting conducted by the league coaches.