April 21, 2013
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --- The Georgia men's golf team came in ninth on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference Championship on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked 13th and were seeded third, shot a third-round 26-over 306 to finish at 36-over 876. Team honors went to Alabama at 8-over 848.
Senior T.J. Mitchell and freshman Lee McCoy paced the Bulldogs in Sunday's extremely windy round with 5-over 75s. Sophomore Nicholas Reach added a 6-over 76, followed by junior Keith Mitchell at 10-over 80 and sophomore Sam Straka with Georgia's non-counting score of 13-over 83.
Reach was the low Bulldog in the championship, finishing 19th at 7-over 217, 15 shots behind Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelan (66, 202). Keith Mitchell wound up at 11-over 221, followed by T.J. Mitchell at 12-over 222, McCoy at 13-over 223 and Straka at 22-over 232.
"We got what we wanted this morning, which was a blustery day to give us a chance to maybe play well," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We knew it was going to be hard out there. We got what we wanted with the weather but we just didn't have the execution in us today. I think they learned a lot about course management and their failings of course management, so that's one of the things we'll have to work on going forward. But that's golf and that's the way it happens. We're just going to get ready now for regionals and try to prepare for that and see where the rest of the year takes us."
The Bulldogs will return to action May 16-18 in an NCAA Regional. Georgia's destination will be announced next month.