ROCKY FACE, Ga. --- Senior Chris Kirk claimed medalist honors and spearheaded a late charge by the No. 2-ranked Georgia men's golf team on Sunday at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.
Led by Kirk, a 2006 First-Team All-American and the SEC Golfer of the Year, the Bulldogs fired a 7-under 281 on Sunday to finish at 10-under 854. Georgia finished third in the event, 13 shots behind Alabama, after opening in 13th place and moving to seventh place following two rounds.
Kirk's 5-under 67 on Sunday helped him jump from fourth to first in the individual race. The senior from Woodstock finished at 11-under 205 to win by a stroke over North Carolina State's Darren Blair.
"I am really proud of the way Chris handled this golf tournament," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "He was under par all three rounds and kept himself in the hunt. Chris played so well last year, so it's good to see him picking up where he left off."
Sophomore Brian Harman also shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 7-under 209 and in fifth place. Senior Brendon Todd wound up 32nd at 1-over 217 after closing with a 1-over 73. Sophomore Michael Green placed 65th at 9-over 225 with a final-round 3-over 75, while freshman Hudson Swafford was 71st at 10-over 226 with a closing 2-over 74.
Georgia will return to action Oct. 2-4 at the Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview in Williamsburg, Va.