May 29, 2013
MILTON, Ga. ---The Georgia men's golf team slipped to 19th place in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course.
The Bulldogs fired a second-round 3-over 283 on the par-70, 7,319-layout to move to 9-over 569 for the tournament. Following Thursday's round, the top eight teams will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. Texas A&M currently holds the eighth spot at even-par 560.
"We've got to start making some birdies," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "I don't think we're putting very well. The greens were accessible today, but we didn't take advantage of it. If we can start making putts, anything can happen. Maybe tomorrow will be the day they all fall in. Today was the day we needed to make some birdies to get back to around even, but we didn't make the putts when we had to have them. (On Thursday), we will have to play a little more aggressively than I would like to do some things. We can't wait for other teams. We have to go out and get it done."
Sophomore Nicholas Reach and freshman Lee McCoy paced the Bulldogs as each signed for an even-par 70 on Wednesday. Junior Joey Garber added a 1-over 71 and junior Keith Mitchell contributed a 2-over 72. Senior T.J. Mitchell had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 3-over 73.
"Hopefully we can start putting the ball and be right back in it," Reach said. "We just have to play our game and the putts will eventually fall. We've been hitting it well and giving ourselves opportunities. We just need them to fall now."
Added McCoy, "We've got our work cut out for us, but I think we've got the team to do it. We need to make a lot of birdies really quickly, that's no secret. We've got to make some, but we've got the team to make a run."
The Bulldogs will tee off in 10-minute increments between 7:30 and 8:10 a.m. on the first hole on Thursday. Georgia will be paired with its counterparts from Southern Cal and UCLA. Live results can be found at NCAA.com.
Arizona State's Jon Rahm has the individual lead at 7-under 133. The NCAA medalist will be crowned following Thursday's round.