Bulldogs Seeded 12th For NCAA Championships
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May 23, 2013

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men's golf team will be the No. 12 seed in the NCAA Championships this week at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Alpharetta.

The Bulldogs will begin their quest for the program's third national title on Tuesday when they tee off in 10-minute increments between 1:30 and 2:10 p.m. on the first hole. Wednesday, Georgia will start on the 10th hole between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m.

Georgia will be paired Tuesday and Wednesday with No. 10 seed Florida and No. 11 seed Southern Cal. California, Alabama, UCLA and Texas are the top four seeds for the NCAAs.

"The season's been a little bit up and down, but we feel very confident coming off last week playing well and on a golf course we know well," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We played there at the beginning of the year, and we feel pretty good about it. ... The one thing I've always said about this team is that every given week somebody is always playing well. But what we need is for everybody to do it at the same time. Top to bottom, I know what they're capable of doing."

Thursday's pairings will be based on the 36-hole scoring. The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to the match play portion of the tournament Friday through Sunday. The medalist also will be crowned after the third round.

Georgia will be making its 44th appearance in the NCAAs, including its 15th in 17 years under Haack. The Bulldogs won the NCAA title in 1999 in Minnesota and in 2005 in Maryland. Georgia qualified for this year's NCAAs with a second-place finish in the Tempe Regional last week.

"Those guys did a good job of really staying patient, staying in the moment and not giving up on it," Haack said. "We just seemed to rise to the occasion when the chips were down."

The Bulldogs will use a lineup of senior T.J. Mitchell, juniors Joey Garber and Keith Mitchell, sophomore Nicholas Reach and freshman Lee McCoy.

"It'll be great, and hopefully we'll have more fans than anyone else," Garber said. "We're playing on grass we're used to and on a golf course we're used to. It'll be a big advantage for us, and we'll just have to play solid like we did [at regionals] and see what happens."

Tickets to the NCAAs are available through tournament host Georgia Tech's ticket office (1-888-TECH-TIX or ramblinwreck.com).

Live scoring and tee times can be found daily at NCAA.com. Live web streaming will be available on NCAA.com Thursday from 3-8 p.m., Friday from 1:15-5 p.m., Saturday from 1:15-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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