2008 Season Recap


ATHENS, Ga.
--- Georgia finished the 2007-08 season with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in West LaFayette, Ind. The Bulldogs claimed their fourth straight top-10 finish at the NCAAs, including 2005 when they won the national championship. Under Coach Chris Haack, the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAAs for 11 straight seasons, winning twice (1999 and 2005) and finishing in the top 10 six times and in the top 20 10 times.

Despite the eighth-place NCAA finish, the Bulldogs came in No. 1 again in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Georgia had a rating of 70.07, with Southern Cal coming in second at 70.27.

The Bulldogs won three tournaments this season - the Brickyard Championship, the Isleworth Invitational and the NCAA East Regional. Georgia shot 41-under 811 at the Regional, winning by 21 shots. Georgia's 811 was the lowest figure in school history, while the 41-under total was second in Georgia annals.

Georgia captured medalist honors three times as Harris English won the Brickyard Championship and Isleworth Invitational titles and Russell Henley claimed the NCAA East Regional crown.

Freshman Russell Henley, junior Adam Mitchell and sophomore Hudson Swafford were named Second Team All-Americans, while freshman Harris English was chosen for the Third Team. Henley and English also made the National All-Freshmen Team.

Adam Mitchell and Hudson Swafford were named First-Team All-Southeastern Conference by the league coaches. Harris English and Russell Henley earned Second-Team All-SEC recognition, with English also garnering the SEC Freshman of the Year honor. Georgia has boasted the SEC Freshman of the Year four of the last five years.

Adam Mitchell was named to the United States team for the 2008 Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition played in Scotland at the Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links.

Brian Harman was named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the 10th player in Georgia history to receive the honor.

Russell Henley won the 87th annual Georgia Amateur Championship on his home course at Idle Hour Club in Macon. Henley finished with a total of 10-under 270, setting the Georgia Amateur scoring record. He was the fifth straight current or former Bulldog and the 24th overall to win the state championship.

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