Men's preview: No. 17 Georgia

Sepp Straka

Sepp Straka

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RankNameSchoolRating
1Joey GarberGeorgia  68.61 
2Robby SheltonAlabama  68.62 
3Patrick RodgersStanford  68.67 
4Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  68.81 
5Cameron WilsonStanford  69.05 

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1Alabama 68.92 
2Georgia 69.62 
3Georgia Tech 69.62 
4Oklahoma State 69.72  10 
5California 69.81  11 

In preparation for the upcoming college season, Golfweek is breaking down the rosters of each of its preseason top 30 teams.

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17. Georgia

2011-2012 Golfweek rank: 24

Go-to-guy: Keith Mitchell

Season outlook: After advancing to the title match of the 2011 NCAA Championship, Georgia saw standouts Harris English, Russell Henley and Hudson Swafford depart for professional golf. Then, last February, junior Bryden Macpherson withdrew from school to focus on his pro career, which included playing at the Masters last April.

The Bulldogs went from having one of college golf's most veteran-laden squads to an extremely young and inexperienced team in less than a year. But Georgia head coach Chris Haack's team still finished fourth at the SEC Championship and qualified for the NCAA finals.

Entering this fall, Georgia again looks like a contender, as it brings back its entire spring lineup, including senior T.J. Mitchell and junior Keith Mitchell (no relation), who lead the way for a program with two national championships and seven SEC titles in 16 seasons under Haack.

T.J. Mitchell, the only golfer to compete in all 12 of Georgia’s tournaments last season, advanced to match play at this year’s U.S. Amateur. Keith Mitchell finished ninth at the NCAA Championship and was an honorable-mention All-American. He also played in the U.S. Amateur, as did fellow junior Joey Garber and sophomores Nicholas Reach and Sepp Straka. The Bulldogs have just one newcomer in touted freshman Lee McCoy, who finished fifth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and runner-up at the HP Boys Championship this summer.

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