SALEM, S.C. — The 11th-ranked Georgia men’s golf team posted the fifth-best tournament total in school history in finishing third in the Clemson Invitational on Sunday at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls.
Playing the par-72, 7,103-yard layout on Sunday, the Bulldogs recorded a 7-under 281 to land at 34-under 830 for the tournament. The only event totals in school history that are better are 42-under in 2000, 41-under in 2008, 38-under in 2009, and 35-under in 2000.
Team honors went to Georgia Tech at 52-under 812, followed by Duke at 41-under 823. Clemson was fourth at 28-under 836 and Virginia claimed fifth at 22-under 842.
Sophomore Davis Thompson paced the Bulldogs in the final round as he signed for a 4-under 68. Freshman Trent Phillips added a 3-under 69, followed by freshman Will Kahlstorf at 1-under 71, and juniors Trevor Phillips and Spencer Ralston both at 1-over 73.
Ralston came in seventh individually at 10-under 206, seven shy of Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer. Thompson finished 12th at 9-under 207, followed by Trent Phillips in 16th at 6-under 210, Kahlstorf in 19th at 5-under 211, and Trevor Phillips in 24th at 3-under 213.
“We got off to a slow start today,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “It was hard for us to get anything going early on, but then we hit our stride on the back nine (with two eagles and 17 birdies). That’s what’s great about our team, it never quits. The guys kept battling and grinding all day. There were plenty of positives this weekend for us to build on as we head toward the postseason.”
Georgia will host the 2019 Southern Intercollegiates at Athens Country Club on Monday, April 15, then will travel to the SEC Championship on St. Simons Island April 24-28. The Bulldogs will host an NCAA Regional May 13-15 at the UGA Golf Course.