Georgia Men's Golf Team Announces 2005-06 Schedule

ATHENS — The Georgia men's golf team, the defending national champion, will open pursuit of its second straight title with five tournaments this fall.

The Bulldogs will play a minimum of 11 tourneys during the 2005-06 season, and they could push it as high as 13 by qualifying for an NCAA Regional and the NCAA Championships. Georgia returns four members of its five-man lineup from a squad that won three times last season, including the NCAAs in Owing sMills, Md.

"I am very happy with our schedule," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We're returning to some tournaments we've enjoyed over the years, but we'll also be going to some new sites, and that's exciting. The bottom line is, we'll face some quality opponents each and every week, and that will make us a better team."

Georgia will open Sept. 26-28 at the NCAA Preview in Sunriver, Ore. Sunriver's Crosswater Golf Club also will be the site of the 2006 NCAAs, to be held May 31-June 3.

Also in the fall, Georgia will return to the Jerry Pate Invitational in Birmingham Oct. 9-11; the Isleworth Invitational Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla.; the Carpet Capital Collegiate Nov. 4-6 in Rocky Face; and the Hooters Match Play Championship Nov. 11-13 in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. A year ago, the Bulldogs won both the Isleworth and Carpet Capital events.

The spring portion of the schedule will resume with familiar stops at the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan Feb. 26-28 and the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas March 10-12. Georgia then will make its first appearance in the Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston, Texas, March 17-19 and the Georgia Tech Collegiate in Alpharetta April 10-11. At the Hall of Fame Invitational, former Georgia coach Dick Copas will be recognized.

The Southeastern Conference Championships will return to Sea Island April 21-23, where the Bulldogs will be trying to push their SEC-leading total of league tourney wins to 26. Georgia will participate in the inaugural Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro May 13-15. If Georgia is invited to a regional, it will be held May 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.; Cleveland, Ohio; or Tucson, Ariz. If the Bulldogs are one of the top 10 teams at their regional, they would move onto the NCAAs May 31-June 3.

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