After the second round of play at the College Grove Regional on Tuesday, the Georgia men’s golf team remains in seventh place.
What is even more frustrating is that the Bulldogs also lost ground in terms of strokes. Georgia fired a second-round 4-over-par 292 on Tuesday to move to 10-over-par 586 for the tournament. The lone way to advance to the NCAA Championships, which take place from May 26-3 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, is to finish fifth or higher in the 54-hole Regional. Kennesaw State is in the fifth position heading into the final round. The Bulldogs need to improve by 11 strokes to take fifth place away and have a shot at advancing.
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, and 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 Bulldogs will get a start in the third and final round of the College Grove Regional on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Georgia will be paired with Middle Tennessee State and Missouri. Live scores can be found at Golfstat.com.
“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.”