UGA, assistant coach ride 'good mojo' to NCAA semis


BRADENTON, Fla. – Georgia coach Chris Haack says his team has been “schizophrenic” this season – some good, some bad, some pedestrian.

“We just had to figure out what half we were on,” he said, “and right now we’re on the top half.”

Georgia, the lowest-ranked team still alive at this NCAA Championship (No. 33), kept rolling with a 4-1 victory over host South Florida in the Tuesday morning semifinals.

The Bulldogs have been in the mix all week even without a significant contribution from junior Lee McCoy, the team’s No. 1 player, who won four times this season and was a Haskins Award finalist.

McCoy delivered the clinching point for the team in the quarters, dispatching big-hitting Ryan Fricker, 5 and 3.

Despite giving up six inches, 70 pounds and more than 50 yards off the tee, McCoy didn’t make a bogey and built a 4-up lead through the first six holes.

“That was the best golf of the week by a mile,” he said afterward. “It was nice to finally be able to contribute.”

Those outside of Athens may surprised by the Bulldogs’ run to the semifinals, but not McCoy.

“How many people would have guessed we’d be in the Final Four?” he said. “Our name didn’t pop up anywhere. It shows that we’ve got some guts and have what it takes.” 

The Bulldogs’ goal was just to make it to match play, which is why they had an agreement with assistant coach Jim Douglas, Haack’s longtime right-hand man.

If they reached match play, Douglas (pictured above) vowed to wear a flat-bill hat and a tank top. Sure enough, he showed up Tuesday with the cap and sleeves that were held high by a paperclip. 

Since Georgia won its quarterfinal match, McCoy said, “he’ll have to get those sleeves rolled up a liiiiitle higher so we can see that shoulder. He’s not afraid to show a little skin.” 

And if the Bulldogs win the national title?

Douglas has to dye his hair red, for an entire year.

“He’ll do anything for a little mojo,” McCoy said.