Georgia Regents needs to make up ground at 3M Augusta Inviational to reach postseason



With its postseason hopes on the line, Georgia Regents will need to make a final-round rally today. And the Jaguars also need an assist from Mother Nature.

Georgia Regents got off to a slow start Saturday with rounds of 292-285 and finds itself on the outside looking in through two rounds of the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.

With rain in the forecast today, the Jaguars trail co-leaders Central Florida and Texas – each tied at 12-under-par 564 – by 13 shots. Virginia Tech is third at 565. Georgia Regents, needing to finish fourth or better to qualify for the NCAA Division I Regionals, trails Illinois (569) by eight shots.

In the individual competition, Central Florida’s Greg Eason opened with 66 and is tied for first at 7-under 137 with Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent (68-69). Central Florida’s Ricardo Gouveia shot 67 in the second round and is one shot off the pace.

Jaguars coach Jack O’Keefe said the plan is to stick to the regular final-round tee times, which has Georgia Regents teeing off No. 1 between 8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Central Florida, Texas and Virginia Tech will go off No. 1, with the final pairing teeing off at 10:50. O’Keefe said a final decision on the tee times will be made at 7 a.m.

Georgia Regents has shot over par in each of its four full-field spring events.

The Jaguars closed strong with a 16-under-par 272 in their previous event, the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate last month. They will likely need a repeat performance to qualify for postseason after missing out last year.

“We don’t need to change a whole lot as far as strategy. We just need to execute better,” O’Keefe said. “We need a good charge.”

Despite Maverick Antcliff’s opening 70, the Jaguars limped out of the gate and were tied for ninth following the first round.

With Viktor Edin’s 69 in the second round, Georgia Regents was able to climb a spot and give itself a chance to make a run today.

In the second round, Antcliff birdied Nos. 18, 1 and 2 to move to 3-under for the round.

Then, he found disaster at the par-4 third hole, carding double bogey to fall back. After making birdie at No. 11, Antcliff got back to 3-under. On his final hole of the round, the par-4 12th, the Jaguar sophomore carded his second double bogey to finish with 71. Antcliff is tied for ninth at 141, four shots out of first.

“It was a little uncharacteristic,” Antcliff said. “I usually don’t make that many birdies, make that many bogeys. I just made a few poor decisions late in the round which cost me. Overall, I was pretty solid.”`

USC Aiken, the No. 3 team in Division II and the only Division II team in the field, recorded rounds of 304 and 293 and is in last place, 33 shots off the pace.


WHAT: 3M Augusta Invitational

WHERE: Forest Hills Golf Club

WHEN: Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. today (final round)

COST: Free