May 28, 2013
MILTON, Ga. --- The Georgia men's golf team stands 14th after the first round of the NCAA Championships.
On Tuesday on the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course, the Bulldogs fired a 6-over-par 286. Arizona State grabbed the first-round lead with a 10-over 270. Following 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. Texas and Oklahoma State share that spot on the leaderboard at 1-under 279, seven shots better than the Bulldogs.
"We're fine," Georgia coach Chris Haack said, "We have so much golf left. We just wanted to play a solid round and, in the afternoons it's pretty tough. The guys are in good shape. I anticipate those guys getting after it the next two days."
Juniors Joey Garber and Keith Mitchell paced Georgia on Tuesday as each signed for an even-par 70. Arizona State's Jon Rahm blistered the course for a 9-under 61 on Tuesday. Sophomore Nicholas Reach posted a 2-over 72, followed by freshman Lee McCoy at 4-over 74. Senior T.J. Mitchell had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 7-over 77.
Georgia's players will tee off the 10th hole on Wednesday in 10-minute increments between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m. Live results can be found at NCAA.com.
"It's definitely an advantage to play in the morning," Garber said. 'Hopefully the wind will lay down, and I am sure the greens will be just perfect without 30 teams having spiked it up earlier in the day. We're looking forward to and going out tomorrow and getting to it."
In other news, T.J. Mitchell and Reach were named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.