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USC Falls to LSU…Final Thoughts from the National Championship…Professional Unprofessionalism

  Many of the folks walking around the grounds during the tournament belonged to the Concession Golf Club. “What are you doing out here?” One member asked the other. “Oh, you know, just watching these kids hit it farther than I could ever imagine.” These guys are not tour players. Maybe one day they will be. One day, some of them will have a business manager and an agent, someone to tell them what to say and where to go; but for now, these guys are more interested in their team’s performance than they are about how they look on the Golf Channel broadcast or whether or not they should talk to ruthless media-types, like James Sender and his staff, hidden among the trees, with high-powered binoculars, waiting for that one indecent moment when a lone index finger enters a player’s nostril.  They were there…Several print journalists petitioned to have them  removed from the grounds, but that request was met with a firm – “What are you talking about?” and “Who gave you those press …

LSU Wins the National Championship

BRADENTON, Fla – The final round of the men’s Division I National Championship hosted by University of South Florida at Concession Golf Club has come to an end. Some coaches will receive a bonus for a national tournament berth, others will be hired to bigger jobs at other schools as a reward for leading a program into the national spotlight. Last year, Alabama’s Jay Seawell received over $40,000 in bonus pay for winning the 2014 national championship. But before the bonus checks and pink slips can be doled out at this year’s tournament, a few final putts needed to fall, some questions answered, and the numerous bloggers and journalists will a few hours to weave some excitement into a championship that promised more adrenaline than it actually generated. “This has been the most boring round of golf that I have ever seen in my life,” whispered one of the volunteers as she adjusted her headset and clipboard. “I was out here for the women’s tournament, which had some moments, let me tell you…but this is …

LSU…USC…the stage is set…National Championship…Final Match

BRADENTON, Fla – Two stories emerged from the first day of match play. The first: LSU upsetting #2 Vanderbilt 3 ½ to 1 ½. The second: LSU upsetting # 3 Georgia 3 ½ to 1 ½. Vanderbilt, the favorite over LSU, underestimated the Tigers, who seemed to have paced themselves perfectly throughout the week of competition, peaking at the right moment in the championship – the penultimate day of the 2015 Division I National Championship – conquering, first Vanderbilt in the morning, and then Georgia in the afternoon.   Lightning and thunder delayed the start of play for the semifinals between the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, and the University of Southern California and Illinois. “Believe me, they’re scared,” the University of Georgia assistant coach, Jim Douglas, told Greyson Sigg before he teed off against his opponent, Eric Ricard of LSU. Douglas and his bulldogs underestimated their SEC rival. LSU wasn’t scared. They were ready. Greyson Sigg could not even extend the match with a birdie, because, right on top of Greyson’s 2 …

It’s All Over for the Bulldogs

BRADENTON, Fla – On the first tee, the University of Georgia assistant coach, Jim Douglas, told Greyson Sigg, “Believe me, they’re scared,” referring to the LSU Tigers. Coach Douglas and his bulldogs underestimated their SEC rival. LSU wasn’t scared. They were ready. Greyson Sigg could not even extend the match with a birdie, because, right on top of Greyson’s 2 -foot birdie putt, Eric Ricard dropped a 25-foot bomb, halving the whole, and blocking Greyson’s final effort to continue the match for another hole. Georgia was on the ropes. The momentum was against them. Georgia fell short on the final few holes of today’s match play rounds. The under-dawgs, as we can safely call the 33rd ranked team in the country making it all the way to the semi finals in the national tournament, concluded a season that coach Chris Haack described as, “the most schizophrenic year you could have had. We were here and then there.” But he does admit that, “they played well when it counted.” But in the end, they could not …

Match Play Begins Today at NCAA National Championships…Georgia and the Under-Dogs…Let the Fun Begin

BRADENTON, Fla – Today will be the first and second rounds of matchplay. The Georgia Bulldogs, who were the underdogs at the beginning of the week, are now set to take on the host team – The University of South Florida. “There is one thing I know for certain,” a Georgia fan said today, “I know how good our boys are head-to-head – especially Lee – he lives for match play.” The match should be one of the more exciting ones on the golf course tomorrow morning, as both teams have drawn some of the biggest galleries this week. Georgia, like most SEC schools have a tradition of traveling-in-force to support their programs. Even though golf doesn’t pull the drunken hoards present at football and basketball games, based on previous years, the NCAA matchplay can be electrifying, especially during the afternoon rounds. Georgia’s lineup performed more consistent than USF, and comparing the rosters from top to bottom, Georgia will have the advantage. “Now the fun begins,” Mookie DeMoss said after today’s round. “It’s a different …

Individual Champion Crowned…Field Set for Match Play…Bryson Dechambeau

BRADENTON, Fla – Bryson Dechambeau wins the NCAA Division I National Championship, shooting a final round 71 to finish 8-under. Finishing runner-up, Chen-Tsung Pan, an individual contender from Washington, who’s 4th round low score – 67 (5-under par) – moved him from 7th to 2nd and into contention for the title. Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewert also made an attempt to catch Bryson, shooting 68 and finishing in a tie for 3rd with Illinois’s Thomas Detry at 6-under par. What does the victory mean for the SMU senior with the funny last name? Bryson Dechambeau hopes to earn a spot on the prestigious Walker Cup team. “Captain Miller is a great guy and I look forward to talking to him soon, and hopefully I’ll get my chance,” Bryson said, after his victory today. “I’m so honored to be named the national champion, the first national champion for SMU. I can’t say anything else…There’s nothing better to feel.” Dechambeau exudes confidence – and it’s not just youthful bravado, it’s calculated and precise. At the beginning of the week, …

University of Georgia – Leads the National Championship

  BRADENTON, Fla – When the horns blew at 6:28PM on Sunday canceling play due to dangerous weather conditions, the Georgia Bulldogs had advanced to the top of the leader board…and this morning, after the remaining 13 groups finished their third rounds, the University of Georgia men’s golf team remained at the top of the 2015 NCAA National Championship. Georgia is set to tee off today at 11:10AM for the final round of the stroke play. They have a firm grip on a spot in the top 8, which advances to Tuesday’s match play and one step closer to a national title. It has been ten years since their last NCAA victory in 2005. And now, a team that has struggled all year to play well at the same time, and currently ranked 33rd in the country, is poised to take down the top ranked teams in the country. Georgia’s Lee McCoy doesn’t let the stage dictate the pace and style of his play. He maintains the composure of someone comfortable being the 5th ranked …