Both golf teams at the University of Georgia have competed on the island of Puerto Rico in the last couple of weeks. And a few alumni golfers will be traveling there this week for a PGA Tour stop. Considering the historical success of Georgia golfers, you know there had to be some good news coming out of Puerto Rico sooner or later.
Sure enough, that news came Tuesday, as the Men’s Golf team tied for first place in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Fourteen teams competed in the three-round team format, and Georgia started off strong. Firing a 6 under par 282 in Sunday’s first round (5 players compete for each team with the 4 best scores counting), UGA was just 2 strokes off the lead held by NC State. Junior Trevor Phillips led the team and closed strong with 4 birdies on his last 6 holes to card a 68.
Phillips’ younger brother Trent took his turn Monday, scoring a 3 under par 69 and giving the team a 286 total. This tied NC State on the day, but left them behind hard charging Georgia Tech.
But the Bulldogs were not going to let Tech walk home with the hardware by themselves. Junior Spencer Ralston got in on the action, recording his own 69 on Tuesday. And with all 4 scores under par, Georgia tallied a 280 total to erase the deficit and tie Georgia Tech for the team title.
Georgia Coach Chris Haack now has 61 team titles, the last being in 2016. And now his teams have captured a victory in 19 of his 23 seasons leading the ‘Dawgs.
So come on home, Bulldogs, you’ve earned your rest. Ring a bell when you get back. And as always...