May 21, 2005
KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. -- The second-ranked Georgia men's golf team qualified for next month's NCAA Championships by finishing third at the East Regional on Saturday.
The Bulldogs had a three-day total of 9-under 843, eight shots behind team champion Wake Forest. Georgia closed the tournament with a 1-over 285 on Saturday.
By virtue of its top-10 finish at the regional, Georgia will compete June 1-4 at the NCAA Championships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Georgia, the 1999 national champion, will be making its eighth straight appearance in the NCAAs.
"I am very proud of the guys," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "They played with a lot of poise and confidence this weekend, and now we can go after our ultimate goal of a national championship. We were very focused and we got the job done."
Moving on with Georgia and Wake Forest from the East Regional will be Tennessee, Florida, Georgia State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Duke and Georgia Southern. Twenty other schools will advance from the Central and West regionals.
Individually, sophomore Brendon Todd placed in a tie for sixth at 8-under 205, including an even-par 71 on Saturday. Todd finished seven strokes behind Coastal Carolina's Dustin Johnson.
Sophomore Chris Kirk wound up in a tie for 19th at 3-under 210 as he closed with a 2-over 73. Senior David Denham carded a 2-over 73 to wind up at 2-over 215 and in a tie for 41st. Junior Richard Scott had the Bulldogs' lowest round of the day at 1-under 70, giving him a three-day figure of 3-over 216 and putting him in a tie for 51st. Junior Kevin Kisner came in tied for 59th at 4-over 217, including an even-par 71 on Saturday.