MGOLF: Georgia Opens Season in Carmel Classic This Weekend

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MGOLF: Georgia Opens Season in Carmel Classic This Weekend

 Georgia's Will Chandler (Photo by Steven Colquitt)
Georgia’s Will Chandler (Photo by Steven Colquitt)

The Georgia men’s golf team will open the fall portion of 2019-2020 this weekend in The Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Lineup: Seniors Will Chandler, Calum Masters, Trevor Phillips, and Spencer Ralston; junior Davis Thompson; and sophomore Trent Phillips.

Field: Georgia, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Arkansas.

Schedule: The Bulldogs will tee off in 10-minute increments between 11 and 11:50 a.m. EDT on Friday and will be paired with Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Calum Masters
(Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)
Calum Masters
(Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

Coach Chris Haack Says: “To say that we are excited about getting started would be an understatement. After a couple of tough seasons, we made some strides last year with the nucleus we have in place for this season. We have watched these guys grow in their games and develop a strong team chemistry. I’m glad we’re getting back where Georgia should be. We have some depth and we’re going to have weekly battles to see who gets in the lineup. The Carmel Cup is a great way to start the year because of the quality of the field. It’s a tough test right out of the gate.”

Rankings: No. 7 Golfweek’s Division I Men’s Preseason Rankings; No. 9 GolfChannel.com; No. 13 Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.

Tournament Format: 54 holes of stroke play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Teams will have lineups of six players, with the low five counting.

Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72, 6,828 yards).

Live Results: Golfstat will provide team and individual results, pairings, and tee times.

Last Season: The Bulldogs came in second in the 2018 event, two shots shy of Oklahoma. Georgia was 12 back after 18 holes and 15 back after 36 holes before furiously rallying with a 15-under final round. Trent Phillips came in third individually, while Thompson was 11th and Ralston was 13th.

 Georgia's Trent Phillips during the NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)
Georgia’s Trent Phillips during the NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)

News & Notes:  Trent Phillips has been chosen as a Golfweek Preseason First Team All-American. Phillips, Ralston, and Thompson were All-America and All-SEC performers last season. … … Masters, who sat out last season as a transfer from Troy, will be making his Georgia debut. … Haack is beginning his 24th season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Dick Copas (1971-96) and Howell Hollis 1946-70) served as Georgia’s head coach for 26 and 25 seasons, respectively. … The Phillips brothers will be appearing in the lineup for the 12th time in their Georgia careers.

On Deck: After The Carmel Cup, the Bulldogs will play in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate in Louisiana; the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational Tournament in Oregon; and the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational in Hawaii.

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