April 8, 2002
SEEKING ANOTHER TITLE: The Georgia men's golf team will try to extend the program's dominance in conference play as the Bulldogs head to Sea Island, Ga., on April 19-21 for the SEC Championships.
The Bulldogs have won three of the past four conference titles.
(Interestingly, the year they didn't win, 1999, was the year they won the national championship.) Georgia has emerged with league titles in each of the last two years, including 2001 when conference medalist Bryant Odom led the way. Overall, the Bulldogs have claimed 24 SEC titles, more than any other school.
"Every year is different, but one thing that stays the same is the pride factor," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We've seen most of the SEC schools at tournaments throughout the year, but when you get each team together in one place for a tournament, it's special. If you could win just two titles a year, they would have to be the national title and the SEC title."
LAST TIME OUT: In Augusta, senior David Miller and sophomore Ryan Hybl finished in the group tied for 10th place to lead the Bulldogs' efforts at the Cleveland Golf/ASU Invitational.
Miller had a team-best 3-under-par 69 and Hybl closed with a 2-over 74 as each wound up at 7-under 209 for the tournament held at Forest Hills Golf Club. Medalist honors went to Tennessee's David Skinns, who carded a 2-under 70 in the final round for a 13-under 203 tally.
The Bulldogs finished in 12th place at 1-under 863, including a final-round even-par 288. Eighth-ranked Tennessee claimed the team title at 23-under 841 after closing at 2-under 286.