Originally created 04/24/06

Georgia wins SEC golf championship



ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Top-ranked Georgia held off No. 3 Florida by one stroke Sunday as the Bulldogs claimed their 26th Southeastern Conference men's golf championship.

"That was way too stressful," said Georgia coach Chris Haack after his team finished at 13-under 827, including an 11-under 269 in the final round.

"We knew it was going to be a battle with them, and that's as close as it gets. Florida got out of the gate quickly, we crept back into it and then it was just a slugfest. It's fortunate that we came out on top."

Haack has led the Bulldogs to five championships, including the 2001, 2004 and 2006 titles at Sea Island.

"It feels great to win another one," said senior Richard Scott. "It's a good feeling to have another team championship with all these guys."

Georgia placed four golfers in the top seven, including individual runner-up Brian Harman, a freshman from Savannah. Harman closed with a 4-under 66 to end up at 4-under 206, one shot behind Florida's Brett Stegmaier, who claimed the title with a final round of 67-205.

Chris Kirk tied for third at 3-under 207, including a 3-under 67 on Sunday. Senior Kevin Kisner tied for fifth at 2-under 208 following an even-par 70. Scott tied for seventh at 1-under 209 after his 4-under 66.

Alabama finished third, 22 shots behind Georgia. Trailing the Crimson Tide in order were Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Mississippi.