The final month of Greyson Sigg’s amateur golf career is mapped out. So is the start of his professional life this summer.
Sigg’s Georgia team was placed as the No. 4 seed in the NCAA regional at The Grove in Tennessee on May 15-17. If all goes well there, the Bulldogs will advance to the NCAA Championship May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Once that’s done, the Georgia senior from Richmond Academy will take his talents immediately to the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.
Sigg shot 14-under and tied for third – one shot out of a playoff for medalist – in the Mackenzie Tour qualifying tournament in April.
He was six shots ahead of former Georgia teammate Lee McCoy, earning exemptions into the first eight events of the 11-tournament schedule that begins in Vancouver the day after the NCAA Championship ends.
“Ideally, I’ll have to fly out of Chicago late that night after winning national championship and wake up in Vancouver the next day and play a golf course I’ve never seen before,” Sigg said. “I definitely wouldn’t mind doing that after we hoist the national championship. We’ll see what happens.”
First, Sigg is ready to compete in his fourth NCAA tournament. He’s been a fixture on the Bulldogs’ roster in all but two events as a freshman. He steadily developed into becoming a team captain and the top player for Georgia his senior season. Provided the Bulldogs are one of the top five teams in the 13-school field at the Grove regional that includes Southeastern Conference champion Vanderbilt, Texas Tech and Clemson, he’ll only have two more tournaments before making a living.
“It’s a little bittersweet,” Sigg said. “I don’t think the feeling has really sunk in yet that it’s coming to an end but I guess it will after the NCAAs. Right now I’m focused on getting through regionals and winning a national championship. Can’t look too far ahead. But it’s crazy that they are hopefully the last two amateur events that I’ll ever play in.”
Sigg earned first-team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season and was chosen as one of 30 semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award as collegiate player of the year. He leads the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 70.21 and six top-10 finishes in 10 stroke-play starts. While he won three tournaments as a junior, his only victory as a senior came in the Linger Longer Invitational in March, where his 16-under score was the second-best total in school history.
“I’ve always been a very good ball striker, even when I came to college,” Sigg said. “What I wasn’t as good at was the short game. I’m better now chipping and putting. That’s the one thing that has changed in my game physically. Mentally, I’m a whole lot better, knowing I can play and compete with everybody out there.”
That attitude will serve him well when he moves on. Playing in Canada works out timing-wise for a lot of college players transitioning into the tour life with 72-hole tournaments mostly in consecutive weeks from June through the beginning of September. The top five money leaders at the end of the Mackenzie Tour season get automatic Web.com Tour status while the rest are seasoned heading into the big Q School in the fall.
“I could just go home and play a bunch of mini-tour stuff and wait for Q School on the Web, but it’s not really a set schedule,” Sigg said. “So I decided to go up there with a set schedule and it’s a cool place to go.
“I’m going up there to compete and travel to every event believing I can win and give it all I’ve got. As long as I go up there and not miss eight straight cuts, I’ll be alright. If I play some decent golf I’ll get in the last three events.”
Sigg hopes to carry on the successful legacy of Bulldogs in the pros as he has done fulfilling his role as a senior captain.
“I’ve always tried to live up to it and follow in the same footsteps of all the guys that played in college before me and match what they did,” Sigg said. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to do the same when I turn pro.”
With his final exams over (Sigg still has a couple of online classes to complete this summer to earn his Sports Management degree), Sigg is focused on The Grove, where Georgia finished fifth in a tournament last fall.
This 23rd-ranked Bulldogs team doesn’t come into the postseason as hot as a year ago when it won the SEC Championship. But it compares favorably to two years ago when they were a No. 6 regional seed but ended up advancing as far as the semifinals in the match play championship.
“My sophomore year was more like this team, more up and down and playing good one week and not so good the next,” Sigg said. “But it all came together and we ended up getting fourth in the NCAAs and fell just a few matches short. Golf can change in a heartbeat. Everyone has to keep a positive attitude, which is the key to turning it around at the right time. I think we’re all anticipating that to happen.
“Being able to lead these guys (as captain) was a huge honor. I’ve done the best I can and hopefully I did a good enough job that it’ll pay off at the end of the year.”