Athens, GA - The Georgia men’s golf team will conclude the fall portion of its schedule next week in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.
The Bulldogs – who are ranked 10th and 11th in the most recent Golfstat and Golfweek polls, respectively – will tee it up Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla.
Georgia has dominated the tournament since its inception. The Bulldogs won the inaugural event in 2004, then claimed team titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008. In addition, former Bulldogs Chris Kirk and Brian Harman won medalist honors in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Current Bulldogs Harris English (2007) and Russell Henley (2008) also are previous winners.
“Our success at Isleworth is something that works in our favor,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “It definitely boosts your confidence knowing what the teams have been able to accomplish there in the past. But at the same time, we have to go into this one focused on playing the best golf we can play. This is one of the strongest fields we’ll see, so we’ve got to come in ready to play.”
Joining the Bulldogs in Windermere will be No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Texas, No. 9 LSU, No. 18 Texas Tech, Arizona, Central Florida, Ohio State, SMU, Stanford, Tennessee, TCU and Vanderbilt.
Haack will use a lineup of seniors English, Henley and Hudson Swafford and sophomores Scott McAlpine and T.J. Mitchell. Henley leads the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 71.78 and he is coming off a victory in the Brickyard Collegiate (where the Bulldogs won their first team title of the season). English is next at 72.56, followed by Swafford at 73.11. McAlpine made his season debut by playing as an individual in the Brickyard Collegiate.
Isleworth’s golf course is a par-72, 7,544-yard layout originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and later redesigned by Steve Smyers.