SEA ISLAND, Ga. - 'The drought is over.'
Those were the words of Coach Chris Haack after his Georgia men's golf team won the 2004 SEC Championship here on Sunday. For the Bulldogs, it was their first league title since 2001 and their first team tourney win since the fall of 2002.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs finished at 3-over 843, one shot better than top-ranked Florida. The league title was Georgia's 25th, the most of any team in the conference.
'We could not have picked a better time to get our first win of the year,' said Haack, whose team shot a 3-over 283 on Sunday. 'To be able to get another SEC title is great. This just might be what gets our young team over the hump. Not only did they win the SEC but they beat the No. 1 team in the country. That's got to help their confidence.'
Georgia was paced by freshman Brendon Todd, who claimed medalist honors at 3-under 207. Todd is the Georgia's first SEC medalist since Bryant Odom in 2001 and the 15th in school history.
'It's an unbelievable feeling,' Todd said. 'This is such an awesome event and it feels great to be able to win. All year, we knew we had as much talent as anybody, and this weekend we were able to find a groove.'
'At some point it had to happen for us because we've been playing so well,' said sophomore Kevin Kisner, who finished in a tie for eighth at 3-over 213. 'We knew we could do it. I'm just glad we did it here.'
Junior David Denham wound up in a tie for fifth at 1-over 211, followed by Kisner, junior Richard Scott in a tie for 15th at 5-over 215 and freshman Chris Kirk in a tie for 22nd at 7-over 217.
'I'm just so proud of this team,' Haack said. 'They have worked so hard and they really deserve this.'