The Georgia golf team secured a first place victory in the team stroke play event at the Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, clinching Georgia head coach Chris Haack’s 50th victory as head Georgia's head coach.
“I am extremely humbled to reach a milestone like this,” Haack said. “It means a lot to bring this recognition to Georgia. I can’t help but think about all the fantastic players we’ve had through the years who helped get us to this point.”
In 18 seasons at the helm of the Georgia golf team Haack has led the Bulldogs to the 1999 and 2005 national championships along with seven Southeastern Conference titles. He now has a personal best and school record 50 victories as the golf coach.
Georgia was 20 strokes under-par in the third and final round on Saturday as it ended up five shots ahead of second place Texas A&M, who led after the first day of play on Friday. The Bulldogs ended up shooting an overall of 832, including 10 strokes under-par at 274 in Saturday’s final round.
“I know my name gets written down with this, but this is truly a team effort,” Haack said. “It’s something that I share with all of them.”
Senior Joey Garber, who led all Bulldogs in individual play once again impressed alongside sophomore Lee McCoy as both players shot four strokes under par to come to a 67 for the day. Senior Michael Cromie shot a 69 and was two under par and junior Mookie DeMoss finished at an even par 71, and junior Nicholas Reach’s score didn’t count as he shot seven strokes over par finishing at 78.
“I’ve also been blessed to have great assistants in Jim Douglas, Ryan Hybl and Jason Payne,” Haack said. “They did such a tremendous job with recruiting and coaching.”
Garber was in second place in overall scoring for all players as his three-round score totaled 204, good enough for nine under par finishing at seven shots back of Texas A&M sophomore Ben Crancer who led the entire weekend and finished in first place.
McCoy was in fifth place overall as he shot a 210 throughout the course of the weekend, finishing at three-under-par. Cromie was right behind at two under par shooting 211, DeMoss was in 15th at two strokes above par and Reach was five strokes over shooting 218.
The tournament, hosted by the Golf Club of Tennessee, is not yet over, as the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference teams will go head to head in match play. Georgia will get a shot at exacting revenge against Clemson, who beat the Bulldogs in football on Aug. 31 by a score of 38-35.
The Georgia golf team will go head-to-head with the Tigers to try and make up for the loss on behalf of the Georgia football team. The first conference team to earn 12.5 points will claim the overall Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup and earn “top conference honors.”