April 20, 2013
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. ---The Georgia men's golf team slipped to fifth place on Saturday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Championship at Sea Island Golf Club.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked 13th and seeded third, shot a second-round 9-over 289 to move to 10-over 570 for the tournament. South Carolina has the team lead with a total of 5-under 555, followed by Alabama at 2-under 558.
Senior T.J. Mitchell paced the Bulldogs on Saturday with an even-par 70. Junior Keith Mitchell added a 1-over 71, followed by freshman Lee McCoy with a 3-over 73 and sophomore Nicholas Reach with a 5-over 75. Sophomore Sam Straka had Georgia's non-counting score of 9-over 79.
Reach and Keith Mitchell are in the group tied for 13th at 1-over 141, nine shots behind leader Caleb Sturgeon of South Carolina (132). T.J. Mitchell moved to 7-over 147, while McCoy is at 8-over 148 and Straka is at 9-over 149.
"It could have been better," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We got off to a tough start, then corrected things in the middle, but we never could get enough momentum to get back in the thick of things. Day 2 is done and a lot can happen in Day 3. It's not out of the realm of possibility to come back on a golf course like this. We've got to have all five guys playing well tomorrow."
Georgia will tee off in 10-minute increments between 8:20 and 9 a.m. on Sunday in the final round. The Bulldogs will be paired with their counterparts from Texas A&M and Mississippi State. Three-hole scoring can be found at bamagolf.com and golfstat.com. The weather forecast is for warmer temperatures but continued blustery winds.
"We had a difficult start to the day," T.J. Mitchell said. "It was cold and rainy and we all got off to a slow start. I know we're 15 back, but we've got nothing to lose tomorrow. We'll just go out, take what the golf course gives us and try to do our best."