The Bulldogs men’s golf team is set to begin competition today (Monday) in the 2017 Crooked Stick Invitational at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Indiana University plays host for the two-day tournament that features 12 teams including four Big 10 affiliates and two other SEC schools besides Georgia. The par-72 course stretches 7,290 yards and was designed by Pete Dye, a World Golf Hall of Fame member for his work in course designing.
“It is a really hard, championship golf course,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “They have hosted a lot of USGA events, they’ve had the PGA there, and they’ve had the BMW Championship and more. They’ve probably hosted 15 or so national events there. It is demanding, but it is a fun golf course and a fair golf course. You just have to be able to hit it where you want to hit it.”
Georgia sends a young squad including three sophomores (Trevor Phillips, Spencer Ralston, and Will Chandler), freshman Davis Thompson and junior David Mackey. Junior Zach Healy will be playing as an individual.
“I want to see their wedge game and short game improve,” Haack added. “We’ve been working a lot on that. We are trying to really build on our confidence. In the last two rounds at Pumpkin Ridge, we didn’t look as tight and were playing relaxed so what I’m looking for.”
Back in 2013, the Bulldogs finished third at Crooked Stick with Nicholas Reach leading the way in a lineup that also consisted of Michael Cromie, Sam Straka, Keith Mitchell and Lee McCoy.
Play starts with a shotgun tee time at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). CLICK HERE for live scoring at GolfStat.com.