With the long Labor Day weekend behind us, Dawgs had plenty to celebrate. Wins inside the hedges as well as outside made for a successful holiday, though there were some struggles along the way. So, let's get you up to date.
Do you like winners? Well, we got winners here. Georgia's boys started their fall strong out in Pebble Beach with a win that saw them lead the entire event. Junior All-American Lee McCoy led the way, and was joined by senior Mookie DeMoss among the top ten individuals at the Carmel Cup. Meanwhile on the other side of the United States, Chris Kirk was bringing home a big pay day yesterday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Kirk went swing for swing with world #1 Rory McIlroy in the final round and came out on top, and positioned himself firmly into captain Tom Watson's Ryder Cup picks for this evening.
Continuing with the Country Club U, top doubles pair from last year Maho Kowase and Lauren Herring were honored with a spot on the 2014 ITA Collegiate All Star team. Manuel Diaz announced his squad's schedule for this season, including hosting a SEC/Pac 12 showdown January 31st against UCLA and February 1st against their cross-town rivals Southern Cal (defending national champion and winner of 5 of the last 6 national titles). And John Isner fell in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open.
While we're on scheduling news, Andy Landers announced who his ladies will get to play this winter. The schedule includes 19 teams who made post season tournaments last March, and several televised games thanks to the SEC Network.
The good news, Georgia won their season opener Friday evening against Fordham. The bad news was they lost both matches Saturday to SMU and San Francisco. Lizzy Stemke's ladies will be in Athens this coming weekend for the Bulldog Invitational, where they'll play host to Chattanooga Friday at 7, Belmont Saturday at 1, and College of Charleston Saturday at 7. All matches will also be available on SEC Network +.
The Kicking Dawgs had similar mixed results in California this weekend, as they couldn't hold a lead against Long Beach State Friday. But after a little more time to rest up from the cross country travel, theytook care of Cal St Fullerton 2-1 on Sunday. Next up is a pair of home games, against Houston Friday at 7 and Central Florida Sunday at 1. Both games will be at Jack Turner Stadium off Milledge, free admission and also on SEC Network +.
Former Dawg gymnast Courtney Kupets is now a Hall of Famer. Kind of tennis but not really,Dan Magill passed away last month. There was a memorial last Thursday to honor the legendary coach, SID, and well pretty much everything Dawg, and georgiadogs.com has some video from that memorial.