Georgia goes wire-to-wire and finishes in first at the Puerto Rico Classic
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Georgia finished first on Tuesday in the Puerto Rico Classic to earn its second title of the season.
The Bulldogs fired a 3-over 291 in the final round at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa's par-72 River Course to wind up at 12-under 852. Georgia led wire-to-wire and finished with a 7-shot decision over Georgia Tech.
Lee McCoy, Sepp Straka and Mookie DeMoss closed on Tuesday with even-par 72s and Greyson Sigg signed for a 3-over 75. Nicholas Reach had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 8-over 80.
McCoy and Straka came in fourth at 5-under 211, two shots in back of Alabama's Dru Love and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent. Sigg finished 14th at 1-under 215, while DeMoss wound up at 6-over 222 and Reach followed at 7-over 223.
Earlier this year, the Bulldogs won the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, California, with the same lineup.
"Chemistry is critical in team golf and we're really seeing that with the five guys," Georgia coach Chris Haack said.
"Their confidence in themselves and each other is up, especially now that they've won twice together. I was pleased with how consistent we were all week. We stayed away from any big numbers and we made our putts. I hope we can carry the momentum into the next one."
Also Tuesday, in the Puerto Rico Individual on the par-71 Ocean Course, Jaime Lopez Rivarola shared medalist honors with Georgia Tech's Chris Petefish. Lopez Rivarola closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at even-par 213. DeMoss was the Puerto Rico Individual medalist a year ago.
The win was the 54th in Haack's career, which began with the 1996-97 season. Haack has led the Bulldogs to at least one win in 17 of his 19 seasons, including the 1999 and 2005 national championships and seven SEC titles. He extended his own school record for most victories by a Georgia golf coach.
|PUERTO RICO CLASSIC|
|1||Georgia||-12||T1||Dru Love -- Alabama||-7|
|2||Georgia Tech||-5||T1||Scott Vincent -- Virginia Tech||-7|
|T3||Alabama||+1||3||Billy Kennerly -- Clemson||-6|
|T3||Oklahoma||+1||T4||Robby Shelton -- Alabama||-5|
|5||Purdue||+3||T4||Sepp Straka -- Georgia||-5|
|6||Clemson||+9||T4||Lee McCoy -- Georgia||-5|
|7||Michigan||+10||T7||Grant Hirschman -- Oklahoma||-4|
|8||Virginia Tech||+13||T7||Miller Capps -- Clemson||-4|
|9||North Carolina||+17||T7||Matt Mabrey -- Tulsa||-4|
|10||NC State||+24||10||Stuart Macdonald -- Purdue||-3|
|T11||ETSU||+25||T11||Anders Albertson -- Georgia Tech||-2|
|T11||UNC-Greensboro||+25||T11||Henry Do -- North Carolina||-2|