Bulldogs To Open NCAA Championships Friday

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia men’s golf team will continue its quest for the program’s third national title this week in the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Schedule And Format: Georgia and the other 29 squads will have 18 holes of stroke play Friday through Sunday. The field then will be cut to the top 15 teams to complete a fourth round on Monday. The top eight squads after stroke play will advance to match play, with the quarterfinals and semifinals set for Tuesday and the championship slated for Wednesday. Georgia will be paired with Arkansas and Wake Forest for the first and second rounds, with tee times set for 4:20-5:04 pm and 11-11:44 am, respectively.

Field (in order by seed): Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, North Carolina, Pepperdine, Texas, Texas Tech, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Stanford, Arkansas, Georgia, Wake Forest, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon , East Tennessee State, South Florida, Ohio State, North Florida, Liberty, BYU, Georgia Southern, Utah, and College of Charleston.

Courses: Grayhawk Golf Club (par 70, 7,289 yards)

Travel Party: Senior Trent Phillips; juniors Nicolas Cassidy, Connor Creasyand Ben van Wyk; and freshmen Buck Brumlow and Maxwell Ford. The Bulldogs will use a lineup of five players with the four lowest scores counting.

Live Results: Golfstat will provide scoring, pairings, and tee times for the NCAAs.

TV Coverage: The Golf Channel will broadcast the NCAAs on Monday from 5-9 pm, on Tuesday from noon to 2:30 pm and from 5-9 pm, and Wednesday from 5-9 pm

Rankings: No. 12 Bushnell Golfweek Coaches, No. 12 Golfweek/Sagarin, No. 15 Golfstats.

Last Time: The Bulldogs came in fourth in the Bryan Regional to qualify for the NCAAs for the 50th time in program history. Since the Regional format was introduced in 1988-89, Georgia has advanced to the NCAAs 24 times, including 21 of 25 under Coach Chris Haack (excluding the 2020 postseason, which was canceled). Haack led the Bulldogs to the 1999 and 2005 national titles, to runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2011, and to the national semifinals in 2015.

Coach Chris Haack Says: “The No. 1 goal when you begin each fall is to make it to the finals and try to win a national championship. Mission accomplished. Now we’ve got to go out and play well. We need to get the five firing on all cylinders at the same time and playing solid, confident golf The message all week has been to stay patient, to stay in the moment, to stay in the present time. Don’t look at the leaderboard, don’t look at where we stand That shot you’re about to hit is your most important shot That’s something our young team has had to learn this season that regard. We’re going into the finals knowing we have to hit a lot of irons off the tee to give ourselves a chance to hit greens Hopefully our putters will get hot at the right time I go into every season believing our team can win it all. This year is no different.”

News And Notes: Phillips was named First-Team All-SEC and Ford was selected for the league’s All-Freshman Team. Phillips became the first player in school history to garner First-Team honors all four seasons. He also joined Harris English, Russell Henley, and Brendon Todd as the only Bulldogs to be named All-SEC four times. … Creasy was named to the SEC’s Community Service Team. … Cassidy served this year on Georgia’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, while senior Will Kahlstorf and Creasy were on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. … van Wyk’s last name is pronounced fun-vake. … Ford represents the Bulldogs in the Patriot All-America, wherein the players carry a bag that includes the name and branch of service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier. … Phillips is rated No. 5 in the Velocity Global Ranking, No. 10 by Golfweek/Sagarin, and No. 11 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. … With his opening tee shot on Friday, Phillips will have appeared in 41-of-41 collegiate tournaments. Henley, Kevin Kisner, and Brian Harman are the only four-year Bulldogs under Haack to never miss a tournament.

Social Media: News and updates can be found at @UGAGolf.

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