Greyson Sigg and Coach Haack talk about the Bulldogs opening day action at the NCAA Championships
May 24, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kansas --- The Georgia men's golf team opened the weather-plagued NCAA Championships by firing a two-round total of 13-over-par 573 on Saturday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
The Bulldogs were rained out on Friday and had to stand by Saturday morning as 15 teams completed their first rounds. Georgia's players posted a 6-over 286 in the first round, then barely dodged sunset to complete their second loop at 7-over 287.
Only six teams got through two rounds on Saturday. The nine that did not finish will complete the second round at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The other 15 teams will follow with their second round. After a reseeding based on the 36-hole standings, the teams will compete in the third round.
Georgia stands 25th after Saturday's suspended play, but 17 teams ahead of the Bulldogs either did not finish or have not started their second round yet. Georgia is not expected to return to the course until sometime Sunday afternoon.
"We had a slow start and never got any momentum going," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We're not going to give up hope. If we can go out and shoot a really good round, anything can happen. We're not quitting. There's a lot of golf left to be played. With the weather, the tournament's been thrown into a funk and 36 holes today was a grind. But at least we're through with this and we can get some rest before we have to go out there again."
The tournament format has the top eight teams after 54 holes advancing to match play to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The low 40 individuals plus ties after 54 holes will play on Monday to determine the national medalist.
Senior Joey Garber paced the Bulldogs on Saturday as he ended at 2-over 142 with rounds of 4-over 74 and 2-under 68. Freshman Greyson Sigg followed at 3-over 143 (70-73), while senior Michael Cromie came in at 5-over 145 (72-73), sophomore Lee McCoy was at 7-over 147 (74-73) and senior Keith Mitchell ended up at 8-over 148 (70-78).
"We didn't get off to a good start and we didn't play the way we wanted," Sigg said. "But we've got another day and we're going to fight as hard as we can."