Despite remaining in seventh place, the No. 23-ranked Georgia men’s golf team lost ground in terms of strokes on Tuesday in the NCAA College Grove Regional at The Grove Club.
The Bulldogs fired a second-round 4-over 292 on Tuesday to move to 10-over 586 for the tournament.
The only way to advance to the NCAA Championships May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill., is to finish fifth or higher in the 54-hole Regional.
Kennesaw State is in the fifth position heading into the final round, 11 clear of the Bulldogs.
Vanderbilt holds the top spot at 12-under 564, followed by UCF, Clemson, and Lipscomb, all at 4-under 572, and Kennesaw State at 1-under 575.
Senior Jaime Lopez Rivarola paced the Bulldogs on Tuesday as he fired a 1-under 71. Senior Greyson Sigg added an even-par 72, while freshman Trevor Phillips posted a 2-over 74 Sophomore Tye Waller and freshman Spencer Ralston each signed for a 3-over 75.
Sigg stands seventh individually at 3-under 141, seven shots behind Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb. Lopez Rivarola improved to 2-over 146, followed by Ralston at 3-over 147, Waller at 9-over 153 and Phillips at 10-over 154.
The final round of the NCAA College Grove Regional will open for the Bulldogs on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Georgia will be paired with Middle Tennessee State and Missouri.
“That’s why they make these tournaments three rounds and not two,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “We’ve still got a chance tomorrow. We just need to make some putts and get some momentum on our side.”
“It’s going to take a lot of courage from all of us,” Lopez Rivarola said. “If we can get four good rounds, you never know how the leaders will react. It’s all about staying patient, especially in the wind, and trying our best.”
The No. 23-ranked Georgia men’s golf team stands seventh after one round of the NCAA College Grove Regional.
On Monday at The Grove Club, the Bulldogs fired a 6-over 294. The lone way to advance to the NCAA Championships May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill., is to finish fifth or higher in the 54-hole Regional. Vanderbilt opened with an 8-under 280, followed by UCF at 3-under 285, Troy at 2-under 286, Kennesaw State at 1-under 287 and Clemson at even-par 288.
“It’s not the start we had hoped for, but we’re only six shots out of fifth and we know what we need to do,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “We’ve got the two most important rounds of our season still in front of us. We’ll go back to work Tuesday morning and see what happens. I’m confident our guys will come out firing on Tuesday.”
Senior Greyson Sigg paced the Bulldogs on Monday as he shot a 3-under 69. Sigg is in sixth, three off the pace set by Vanderbilt’s Patrick Martin and Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer. Sigg made birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 as the Bulldogs closed on the front nine.
Freshman Spencer Ralston signed for an even-par 72 to stand 17th, followed by senior Jaime Lopez Rivarola at 3-over 75 and sophomore Tye Waller at 6-over 78. Freshman Trevor Phillips had Georgia’s non-counting score of 8-over 80.
The Bulldogs will tee off between 9 and 9:44 a.m. on Tuesday and will be paired with TCU and East Tennessee State.