Daily Dawg Thread: September 16, 2021

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Daily Dawg Thread: September 16, 2021

Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge

The 2021-22 PGA Tour season will get underway on Thursday and the University of Georgia once again will lead the Tour with 11 full-time members.

These alums — Harris English, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Keith Mitchell, Greyson Sigg, Sepp Straka, Hudson Swafford, Brendon Todd, and Bubba Watson — have banded together to take part in the Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge. The players have agreed to pledge to contribute to Georgia for each birdie they record this season.

The Georgia Bulldog Club is giving all UGA alumni and fans an opportunity to show their support by similarly pledging a fixed amount for each birdie made by any combination of the Tour players. Donors may pledge a fixed amount for birdies from one, multiple, or all alums. Donors also may pledge a fixed amount for birdies for specific months or tournaments.





The Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge Website is HERE





Donors have may earmark funds toward select Georgia golf funds or the UGA Athletics general fund. Donors will receive updates on each player’s progress and invoices for pledge payments throughout the season.

“I am proud to get the Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge started because it connects us PGA Tour players who loved our time at Georgia and love continuing to support the UGA golf team,” Todd said. “I feel like it further solidifies our fraternity of players on Tour and sets the precedent for how UGA golfers will stay connected to the program after they turn professional. The UGA golf program is in great hands with (Coach Chris) Haack and (Coach Jim) Douglas. The goal for our financial support is to continue to improve facilities so they can excel as well as recruit the next generation of Bulldogs who will ultimately play on the PGA Tour.”

During Haack’s career, which began in 1996, the Bulldogs have won 66 collegiate tournaments — including two national championships and eight SEC titles — and produced 62 individual medalists. Fifty of his Bulldogs have accounted for 69 All-America certificates. Fifteen of Haack’s proteges have won 64 times on the PGA (41) and Korn Ferry (23) tours. 

The Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge will begin this week with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif., and will continue through the Tour Championship in Atlanta in August of 2022. Sigg, Straka, Swafford, and Todd are the Bulldogs in the field for the Fortinet Championship.

For reference, over the course of the last three seasons, Georgia’s alums have averaged the following number of birdies per season: Harman, 340; English, 339; Straka, 322; Mitchell, 300; Kisner, 297; Henley, 267; Todd, 266; Watson, 244; Swafford, 210; and Kirk, 198. Sigg will be a full-time member for the first time for 2021-22.

Contributions will provide the necessary resources for current and future Georgia golfers to continue competing for SEC and national titles for years to come. 

BASEBALL: 2022 Schedule Announced

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The Georgia Bulldogs 56-game schedule this season includes Southeastern Conference home series with Mississippi State, Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

The college baseball season begins Feb. 18 in Athens at Foley Field with a three-game series against Albany In fact, 16 of Georgia’s first 21 contests will be at home.  During this early stretch, the Bulldogs will resume their three-game weekend series with Georgia Tech like they did in 2020. The Bulldogs will travel to Atlanta on Friday March 4. Tech will come to Foley Field on Saturday, March 5 and the final game of the series will be Sunday, March 6 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. This is the home of the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, with a capacity for 10,427 fans.

Georgia has a few other games at Minor League stadiums. The March 1 contest with Wofford will be at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. This park serves as home for the Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The stadium, with a capacity around 6,000, shares the same dimensions of their parent club’s major league home, Fenway Park. It has a shorter version of a “Green Monster” in left field. Georgia’s game with Georgia Southern on March 8 will be in North Augusta, S.C., at SRP Park, home of the Augusta GreenJackets with a capacity around 5,000. They are the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Also of note, Georgia will play a two-game set with rival Clemson. The Bulldogs will travel to Clemson on April 5 with the Tigers returning to Foley Field on April 19.

The SEC Tournament will feature the league’s top 12 finishers in the regular season and be played in Hoover, Ala., from May 24-29. NCAA Regional action will be June 3-6 with Super Regionals slated from June 10-13, both played at various campus sites. The 2022 season culminates with the College World Series (CWS) from June 17-27 in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs have made six appearances in Omaha including winning the national title in 1990 and reaching the CWS Finals in 2008.

Fall practice is underway and once again teams can play two games against other college squads plus a third against an international team during the fall. The Bulldogs will face Team Ontario Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Foley Field at 6 p.m., and they will play host to Western Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. Additional Information on these home exhibitions will be provided later this fall.

Georgia will conclude fall workouts with an exhibition against the University of Florida on Oct. 29 in Jacksonville. First pitch at 121 Financial Ballpark (home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins) will be at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Florida exhibition are $15 and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster at this link: https://gado.gs/7kd

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