2004: College - Bulldogs nip Gators for SEC title
Georgia’s men picked a good time for their first victory since last season.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin College Rankings, edged No. 1 Florida by a stroke April 18 at the Southeastern Conference Championship to win their first league title since 2001 and their first team triumph since fall 2002. The two teams were tied entering the final round, when Georgia shot 3-over-par 283 to Florida’s 284.
“The drought is over,” said Georgia coach Chris Haack, whose team shot 3-over 843 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club.
“This just might be what gets our young team over the hump. Not only did they win the SEC but they beat the No. 1 team in the country. That’s got to help their confidence.”
Freshman Brendon Todd shot 3-under 207 to win by a stroke over Florida’s Matt Every and Vanderbilt’s Mark Donnell.
SEC women: Vanderbilt’s record year kept rolling April 18 at the Southeastern Conference Championship. The Commodores won their first SEC women’s title by holding off Auburn and hard-charging LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La. Vanderbilt shot at 13-over 877 while Auburn and host LSU finished four shots back at 881.
May Wood led Vandy to a school-record fourth tournament title this season with a playoff victory over Tennessee’s Violeta Retamoza. After carding a school record-tying 67 on Day 2, the sophomore appeared to have the title wrapped up in regulation until she double bogeyed No. 18 after taking an unplayable lie. Wood closed with 73, while Retamoza shot a final-round 71 to tie at 3-under 213.
On the first playoff hole, Wood knocked a wedge to 12 feet and two-putted for par to win the title.
ACC women: Top-ranked Duke captured its ninth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship with a 19-shot victory over Wake Forest April 18 at Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons, N.C. The Blue Devils’ school-record 11-under 273 in the final round gave them a school-record total of 838. Wake finished at 857 and North Carolina was third at 861.
Duke freshman Brittany Lang shot a final-round 68 to finish at 9-under 204, two shots ahead of 2003 champion Meaghan Francella of North Carolina.
ACC men: Gregg Jones and Stephen Poole had final-round 69s, and Matt Hendrix and Jack Ferguson had 70s to lead Clemson to 10-under-par 278 April 18 as the Tigers won the ACC Championship at Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Clemson, No. 2 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 27-under 837. It was the Tigers’ first victory since their NCAA Championship title last spring.
Clemson finished eight shots ahead of runner-up Wake Forest. Georgia Tech, which shot a tournament-best round of 274 Sunday, was third at 848.