Sept. 23, 2003
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The 10th-ranked Georgia men's golf team finished just five shots out of first place at the NCAA Fall Preview on Tuesday
The Bulldogs wound up in fifth place after firing a two-day total of 17-over 577. On Tuesday, Georgia carded a 3-over 283 on the par-70, 6,679-yard layout of The Cascades at The Homestead. The NCAA Championships will be held on the same course next June.
"We are really happy with the way things worked out for us," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "Our guys put together two strong rounds on a difficult course, and I think it will really help us as we continue through the season and definitely when we come back here in the spring."
The Bulldogs placed four players in the top 20, led by Kevin Kisner. The sophomore from Aiken, S.C., finished in a tie for 12th at 3-over 143 after closing with an even-par 70 on Tuesday. Kisner finished five shots behind medalist John Poucher of UCLA.
Georgia juniors David Denham and Jason Hodges and freshman Brendon Todd were in the group tied for 20th at 5-over 145. Hodges had the Bulldogs' lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday as he carded a 1-under 69. Sophomore Taylor Crosby, who fired a final-round 3-over 73, rounded out the Bulldogs' lineup at 8-over 148 and a tie for 38th.
The NCAA Fall Preview originally was to be 54 holes, but drizzle in the area on Monday forced officials to cut the tournament to 36 holes.
The Bulldogs will return to action Oct. 3-5 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga.