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MTennis: Six fall tournaments, 11 home matches, and a strong non-conference slate highlight the men’s tennis team’s 2023-24 schedule
The Bulldogs will begin the year in its first fall event at the Texas Invitational in Austin on Sept. 22-24. The team competed against the Longhorns in both the fall and spring seasons last year.
Following the team’s trip to the Lonestar state, Georgia will compete in five additional events during the fall semester, including hosting the 56th annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Ethan Quinn won the singles championship while Blake Croyder and Britton Johnston won the doubles title at last year’s event.
Georgia will then participate in the ITA Southeast Regional on Oct. 12-16 and conclude the calendar year at the Georgia Tech Invitational, both of which will be played at the Yellowjackets’ campus in Atlanta.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Nationals will again be held in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 1-5. Players qualify for the event by reaching the finals of singles or doubles draw at the ITA All-American Championships on Oct. 2-8 or at the ITA Regional event.
Georgia will begin 2024 at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 5-7. The team’s first dual matches of the season will be played at the Magill Tennis Complex on Jan. 28 and 29 during the annual ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Bulldogs will play Louisiana on Sunday and either Auburn or Texas A&M on Monday. The team will then host rival Georgia Tech on Feb. 6 and look to win its 13th-straight match against the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia will play its first two road matches before the ITA National Team Indoors Championships, going to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the defending national champions Virginia on Feb. 9 and then to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete against North Carolina on Feb. 11. Should the Bulldogs qualify for the ITA National Team Indoors, they will play three matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, hosted by Columbia, from Feb. 16-19.
The Bulldogs will host Wake Forest on Feb. 26 ahead of starting its Southeastern Conference schedule. Georgia’s 12-match Southeastern Conference slate will feature home contests against Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida, with road matches coming against Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Texas will come to visit the Home of Collegiate Tennis during the SEC portion of the schedule on March 14.
This year’s SEC Championships will be held at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky., with the Kentucky Wildcats serving as the host. The NCAA Championships will conclude the season in May, with the quarterfinals and onward being played at the final site of Stillwater, Okla.
The Bulldogs will feature a bevy of newcomers for the 2023-24 season, with five incoming freshmen and USC transfer Ryan Colby. Juniors Miguel Perez Peña and Thomas Paulsell as well as redshirt sophomore Filipe Costa are the three student-athletes returning who were on the roster for the 2023 SEC regular season champions.
WGolf: Jenny Bae wins Juli Inkster Award
The award is named after Juli Inkster, a World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and LPGA legend who was a three-time All-American at San José State (1979-82). She elected not to turn professional until finishing her four-year commitment to her school, winning 17 individual titles during her college career. The Inkster Award winner announcement was made today onsite at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, a PGA TOUR event in Dublin, Ohio.
Bae, a fifth-year senior, finished the season as the fourth-ranked DI women’s college golfer according to Golfstat and fifth-ranked in the Golfweek rankings. As a result of winning the 2023 Inkster Award, Bae will receive:
• Exemption to compete in the 2023 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour, taking place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.
• She will automatically advance to the second stage of LPGA Q-School, Oct. 16-20 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
• As a presenting sponsor of the Inkster Award, Workday will provide $50,000 to the Juli Inkster Foundation to help support Bae’s transition to her professional golf career. The $50,000 will support Bae’s mentorship retreat with Inkster and assist with Bae’s travel expenses.\
• She will join Inkster on a two-day mentorship retreat in Northern California.
“Jenny had a remarkable career at Georgia, persevered through the challenges of the global pandemic to earn her college degree and excelled on the golf course with an amazing senior season,” said Inkster. “That says a lot about not only her performance on the course but also about her goals and passions away from it and putting education as a priority. I look forward to mentoring Jenny as she navigates the next stage in her professional and personal journeys.
“I also want to thank the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Workday for partnering with me on this award,” continued Inkster. “To have a player be honored for her commitment to her school, coaches and her teammates is what this award is all about.”
Bae made her professional debut this past weekend on the Epson Tour, competing in the Nova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
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