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Smith in First, Bulldogs in Second After Opening Round of SEC Championships



Ryan Cullinane

Sports Communications Graduate Assistant

University of Georgia Athletic Association


The No. 23 Georgia men’s golf team ended the first day of the Southeastern Conference Championships in second place on Wednesday morning, paced by freshman Camden Smith’s five-under-par, 65 round on the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club.

 

Five Fast Facts

• Smith’s round of 65 set a new collegiate low for the Ponte Vedra, Fla. native, tying him for the fourth-lowest first-round score in SEC Championship history. He led the field in birdies with seven and had the lowest average score on the course’s four par 3s at 2.25.

• Georgia’s team score of 270 on Wednesday marked the program’s lowest first-round score at the SEC Championships since recording a 269 on the opening day of the 2004 SEC tournament.

• Three Bulldogs finished in the top 10 of the individual standings. Senior Caleb Manuel, tied for fourth, and graduate Ben van Wyk, tied for eighth, join Smith who holds the solo lead.

• Georgia was the only school to have multiple players record eagles during the first round. Manuel and van Wyk both finished number 15, a 565-yard, par-five hole in just three strokes.

• Graduate Connor Creasy finished tied with Vanderbilt’s Jackson Van Paris and Florida’s Tyler Wilkes for the most pars during the first round with 16.

 

 

Key Quote

“It was great to see the team start off the SEC Championships strong,” head coach Chris Haack said. “These guys have been playing well this semester. That’s the nice thing about having depth on the team – we knew the pieces were there, but we just needed to put it together. Luckily for us, we had a couple of people on the team go low today, which is always a nice way to start it when your first two guys out of the gate are eight-under. That said, we’ve got two more rounds. We’ll need to come out and do it again. We can’t sit on our laurels too long. We’ve got to tee it up again tomorrow morning and keep it going.”

 

Up Next

Georgia will tee off at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 25 for round two of the SEC Championships. The Bulldogs are paired with first-place Vanderbilt and third-place Auburn. 

 

2024 SEC Championship

Sea Island Golf Club

St Simons Island, Ga.

Par 70, 7,005 Yards

 

First Round Results

 

Team Leaderboard

 

1.    No. 3 Vanderbilt              269 (-10)

2.    No. 23 Georgia                270 (-9)

3.    No. 1 Auburn                  274 (-6)

4.    No. 22 Texas A&M              276 (-4)

5.    No. 7 Tennessee               277 (-3)

t-6.  No. 11 Arkansas               279 (-1)

t-6.  No. 15 Florida                279 (-1)

8.    No. 5 Ole Miss                281 (+1)

t-9.  No. 9 Alabama                 283 (+3)

t-9.  Kentucky                      283 (+3)

11.   South Carolina                287 (+7)

12.   No. 36 Mississippi State      288 (+8)

13.   No. 38 Missouri               290 (+10)

14.   No. 35 LSU                    293 (+13)

 

 

Individual Leaderboard

1.    Camden Smith, Georgia         65 (-5)

t-2.  Jackson Koivun, Auburn        66 (-4)

t-2.  Cole Sherwood, Vanderbilt     66 (-4)

t-4.  Daniel Rodrigues, Texas A&M   67 (-3)

t-4.  Matthew Riedel, Vanderbilt    67 (-3)

t-4.  Kyle Meeks, Ole Miss          67 (-3)

t-4.  Caleb Manuel, Georgia         67 (-3)

t-8.  Ben van Wyk, Georgia          68 (-2)

t-8.  Frankie Harris, S.C.          68 (-2)

t-8.  Jacob Skov Olesen, Arkansas   68 (-2)

t-8.  Hunter Logan, Mississippi St. 68 (-2)

t-8.  Gordon Sargent, Vanderbilt    68 (-2)

t-8.  Cameron Tankersley, Ole Miss  68 (-2)

t-8.  Jack Turner, Florida          68 (-2)

t-8.  Jackson Van Paris, Vanderbilt 68 (-2)

t-8.  Campbell Kremer, Kentucky     68 (-2)

t-8.  Parker Bell, Florida          68 (-2)

 

 

Georgia Scores

1.    Camden Smith                  65 (-5)

t-4.  Caleb Manuel                  67 (-3)

t-8.  Ben van Wyk                   68 (-2)

t-27. Buck Brumlow                  70 (E)

t-46. Connor Creasy                 72 (+2)

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