April 2, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

ATHENS, Ga. -- The top-ranked Georgia men¹s golf team will have its final tune-up of the regular season next week in the United States Collegiate Championship.
 
The USCC will be held Sunday through Tuesday at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The teams will play 54 holes on the Lakeside Course.
 
Georgia will begin its practice round on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. On Sunday, the Bulldogs will tee off at 12:20 p.m. Monday¹s round will begin at 11 a.m.
for Georgia, with the final round determined by the standings.
 
Outside of the NCAA Championship, the USCC may have the toughest field in all of college golf. Joining the No. 1 Bulldogs will be No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Southern Cal, No. 4, Clemson, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Washington, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 13 Alabama, No. 18 Florida State, No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 27 UCLA and No. 29 East Tennessee State.
 
³This is definitely a talented and wide-open field,² Georgia coach Chris Haack said. ³Any of these teams could emerge as the winner. It¹s going to be a real fight for first place. Every shot in this tournament is going to be critical.²
 
Haack will use a lineup of seniors Brian Harman and Adam Mitchell, junior Hudson Swafford, and sophomores Harris English and Russell Henley. Henley and Swafford both have garnered medalist honors this season, and Henley leads the Bulldogs with four top-10 efforts.
 
The Bulldogs have been one of the nation¹s hottest teams this season, winning four times in seven tournaments. The quintet of Harman, Mitchell, Swafford, English and Henley brought home the trophy from last month¹s Linger Longer Invitational as well as the Isleworth Invitational in October.
 
Under Haack¹s watch, Georgia has had balanced teams in terms of scoring average. But this season, that has been truer than ever, as Nos. 1 and 5 are separated by just a stroke and a half in their averages.
 
³I think the strength of our team is our depth,² Haack said. ³Week to week, it changes who leads us because all of our guys are solid. And when they play well at the same time, which they done several times this year, we have a chance to be pretty good. Hopefully, we can keep that up over these next few tournaments.²
 
After the USCC, the Bulldogs will play in the SEC Championship April 17-19, followed by an NCAA Regional May 14-16. If the Bulldogs advance from the Regional, they will compete in the NCAA Championship May 26-30 in Toledo, Ohio.
 
³We¹ve got some momentum going right now, and we just need to keep it going,² Haack said. ³We have to make sure we stay focused and keep working hard as we go down the stretch.²
 
Live scoring, tee times and pairings for the USCC can be found at golfstat.com. Additional information about the tournament can be viewed at theuscc.org.