ROSWELL, Ga. - The 11th-ranked Georgia men's golf team fired a 12-over-par 300 on Thursday to open play at the NCAA East Regional.
Georgia must finish 10th or better in the three-day regional to advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Columbus, Ohio. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs currently are tied for 12th place, but there is a real logjam just ahead of them.
There are six teams tied for sixth place at 11-over 299, only one stroke ahead of Georgia and Florida. Also, Georgia is just five shots out of fourth place (North Carolina and Penn State at 295) and only six shots out of third (Tennessee, 294). Clemson was the only team under par on Thursday and leads the regional at 2-under 286.
The Bulldogs closed well on Thursday as the four counters played the back nine at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek at 3-over, including 4-under on the last three holes. Georgia will start Friday's second round on the 10th tee, beginning just before 8 a.m.
"I was happy with the way we finished," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We gave away some shots early on but we were able to get some back coming in. I hope we can take that momentum back out there when we tee it up Friday morning. We are by no means out of it."
Senior David Miller paced the Bulldogs with an even-par 72 and he is tied for 12th place, just three shots behind tournament leader D.J. Trahan of Clemson (3-under 69).
Sophomore Ryan Hybl followed Miller with a 2-over total of 74. Senior Bryant Odom carded a 3-over 75, while freshman Donny Wysoczynski shot a 7-over 79 to round the Bulldogs' counting totals. Freshman Christo Greyling checked in at 9-over 81.
The 54-hole event will continue on Friday and will conclude on Saturday. Live scoring is available at www.golfstatlive.com.