There were nine golfers who recorded under-par totals at the Southeastern Conference Championship on Friday, and four of them were members of Georgia's team.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs got off to a blistering start, recording an 11-under 269 in the first round at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course. Georgia will enter Saturday's second round with an 11-shot lead over Alabama.
'This is the round I've been waiting to see all year,' Georgia coach Chris Haack said. 'Having all five players play well is something we knew we were capable of, but we hadn't been able to get all five going at the same time. We picked a pretty good time to let it start. I just hope we can back it up with two more good rounds.'
All five Bulldogs are in the top 10 after the first round.
Junior David Denham and freshman Brendon Todd each fired a 4-under 66, placing them in a tie for second among the individuals. Alabama's Clint Provost is a shot ahead of the Georgia duo at 5-under 65.
Sophomore Kevin Kisner followed with a 2-under 68 and is tied for fourth, while sophomore Richard Scott contributed a 1-under 69 to stand in a tie for seventh. The Bulldogs' non-counting score was an even-par 70 by freshman Chris Kirk, who is tied for 10th.
'It's great for all of us to get off to a good start,' Denham said. 'You can't win it on the first day, but you can shoot yourself out of it. We had a good round as a team, and that will give us a lot of confidence. Hopefully we can build on this. We all feel like we played some pretty good golf.'
The Bulldogs are in search of their first tournament win of the season and their first SEC title since 2001. Georgia has 24 league crowns, the top figure in the conference.
'If we can put together two more rounds even close to this one, it will be a good tournament win or lose,' said Haack, who wore his 1999 national championship ring on Friday for luck. 'We didn't give away any shots today, and that's been our biggest problem this year. We showed good course management. We've learned from what we've done well and we've learned from our mistakes.'