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Beyond The Hedges: Golf Dawgs Card Top-Ten Finish

UGA Sports Communications

The 20th-ranked Georgia men’s golf team finished eighth in the Nike Invitational.

Playing Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow par-71, 6,997-yard layout, the Bulldogs posted a 4-over 288 to wind up at 2-under 850 for the tournament. Oklahoma claimed the team title at 29-under 823, followed by Wake Forest at 24-under 828 and Clemson at 17-under 835.

Senior Spencer Ralston led the Bulldogs in the third round as he signed for an even-par 71. Freshman Connor Creasy and senior Calum Masters followed Ralston with a 1-over 72. Battling at the top was junior Davis Thompson, who added a 2-over 73. Sophomore Trent Phillips had the Bulldogs’ drop score of 3-over 74.

A pair of top-five individual finishes at The Molly propelled women’s golf to a third place finish. Led by freshmen Caroline Craig and Caterina Don, the Bulldogs wrapped up the two-day, 54-hole event at 28-over 892. Individually, Craig was fourth at 2-over 218, and Don tied for fifth at 3-over 219 at the Waverley Country Club.

As expected, men’s tennis made a strong showing in the 52nd Southern Intercollegiate, consisting of 12 teams over three days.

Sophomore Phillip Henning pushed the nation’s No. 2-ranked singles player Christian Sigsgaard (Texas) to a 6-4 loss in the first set. Despite his efforts, the sophomore Bulldog then fell in the next two sets and was eventually defeated, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

In the silver singles consolation finals, freshman Erik Grevelius defeated Miami’s Franco Aubone in straight sets for the 6-3, 6-3 victory. Earlier in doubles, the Bulldogs recorded two wins against Florida opponents. The sophomore duo of Henning and Blake Croyder raced to a 6-1 win against Gators No. 3 overall seed Johannes Ingildsen and Brian Berdusco, while freshmen Grevelius and Mateo Reyes performed to a 6-0 victory over Miami’s William Grattan-Smith and Stephen Madonia.

In women’s tennis, Marta Gonzalez, Elena Christofi and Vivian Wolff were declared champions of the Big 12 versus SEC Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

The three-day round-robin event featured players from Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and the Bulldogs. Gonzalez, a senior ranked 13th-nationally, earned the singles title after going 3-0, winning all of her matches in straight sets. For the fall, Gonzalez is 5-1.

Women’s soccer opened SEC play by tying LSU and then easily handling Mizzou 5-1. Chloe Chapman scored two goals in that win and was named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Georgia hosts Vanderbilt on Friday.

Playing on the road, volleyball beat South Carolina 3-2 and fell 3-1 to No. 12 Florida.

A pair of home matches are next, Friday against Tennessee and on Sunday against Alabama.

Go Dawgs!