SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- The Georgia men's golf team stands first after the opening day of competition in the NCAA San Antonio Regional.
On Thursday, the top-seeded and third-ranked Bulldogs fired a 7-under-par 281 on Briggs Ranch Golf Course's par-72, 7,247-yard layout. Georgia holds a 4-shot lead over College of Charleston, which opened with a 3-under 285. Central Florida and SMU are tied for third at even-par 288.
The Bulldogs need a top-5 finish in the San Antonio Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Freshman Greyson Sigg paced the Bulldogs on Thursday as he fired a 4-under 68. Senior Michael Cromie followed at 2-under 70, while sophomore Lee McCoy signed for a 1-under 71 and senior Joey Garber posted an even-par 72. Senior Keith Mitchell had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 3-over 75.
Sigg stands third individually, one shot behind SMU's Bryson Dechambeau and TCU's Julien Brun. Cromie is sixth, while McCoy is 11th and Garber is 15th.
"It's hard to find much to complain about on this round," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We got off to a good start on the front nine (5-under among the counting four golfers) and were steady for the most part coming in. The main thing was we had a solid first day in a tournament that pretty much demands that. We've just got to keep it going for a couple more days."
The San Antonio Regional will continue on Friday and will conclude on Saturday. The Bulldogs will tee off Friday in 10-minute increments between 10:10 and 10:50 a.m. with their counterparts from Charleston and Central Florida. Live results can be found at Golfstat.com.