Bulldogs win playoff to stay at NCAAs


June 3, 2004

HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The third-ranked Georgia men's golf team had to work overtime at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, but its reward is one more day of competition.

Following the third round, the field was cut in half from 30 to 15. Georgia, Southern Cal and Purdue finished regulation tied for the 15th spot at 31-over 871, requiring a playoff between the three schools. The Bulldogs advanced with a 3-under total on five predetermined holes.

"I feel like we won something," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "It was a big sense of relief for all of us to make it through the playoff. That's a pressure-packed situation. I think our guys will learn a lot from having been through that, plus it will reinforce to them just how important every shot in a golf tournament is."

Freshman Chris Kirk made sure the Bulldogs advanced as he drilled a 45-foot putt on the 17th hole for an eagle. Kirk had bogeyed the hole in regulation just an hour earlier.

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