May 19, 2005
KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. --- Batting some of the nation's top teams as well as inclement weather, the second-ranked and top-seeded Georgia men's golf team opened the NCAA East Regional on Thursday in third place.
The Bulldogs fired a 9-under-par 275 on the Golf Club of Tennessee's par-71, 6,864-yard layout in the first round of the regional. Georgia is four shots behind Wake Forest. In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships Junes 1-4 in Owings Springs, Md., Georgia must finish in the top 10 at the regional, and it's currently 10 shots ahead of the 11th-place team.
"We got off to a good start, which is obviously the way we wanted to kick this tournament off," Georgia coach Chris Haack. "Getting a good round under our belts will give us confidence as we play the rest of the way."
Sophomore Brendon Todd, coming off a win at the Maxwell Invitational last weekend, is tied for second place at 5-under 66. Todd is one shot behind Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest.
Sophomore Chris Kirk is tied for 11th at 3-under 68, followed by senior David Denham tied for 21st at 2-under 69, junior Richard Scott tied for 54th at 1-over 72 and junior Kevin Kisner tied for 66th at 2-over 73.
Georgia completed its round after sitting through a two-hour rain delay in the Nashville suburb. Six teams were unable to finish, including second-place North Carolina, which has a one-shot edge on the Bulldogs.