Phillips Places Eighth In NCAA Championships


Georgia’s Trent Phillips worked overtime on Monday to finish eighth individually in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club.

Phillips, a freshman from Inman, S.C., wound up at 1-over 289 as he signed for a 4-under 68 on Monday. Phillips registered five birdies in the final round, including three over his first six holes. Phillips entered the day 29th individually, jumping 21 positions.

“Trent is such a good player and he’s so talented,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “If he can learn not to be his own worst enemy sometimes, I think he’ll be a superstar, because he’s got all of the shots and all of the game you could ever want. This whole week was a good experience for him, just learning how to manage your game when you’re playing a really difficult golf course.”

Medalist honors went to Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff, who posted a 10-under 278. Georgia Southern’s Steven Fisk placed second at 5-under 283.

Phillips, the SEC Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-SEC performer, had a supportive gallery on Monday as his five Georgia teammates walked the par-72, 7,550-yard course with him. The Bulldogs finished 24th on Sunday and did not advance as the field was cut to 15 teams.

“It is really cool because I’m a freshman,” Phillips said. “The guys on the team, this was their first national championship, so it is really gratifying to represent them and play a fourth round.”

The top nine players not on advancing teams were invited for Monday’s fourth round. Phillips was tied for ninth with South Carolina’s Will Miles and UNLV’s Justin Kim after 54 holes, setting up a sudden death playoff Monday morning.

Phillips and Miles each made a birdie on the first playoff hole (the par-4, 470-yard No. 1) as Kim was eliminated with a bogey. On the second hole (the par-5, 617-yard No. 18), Phillips tapped in for par before Miles was unable to convert from 10 feet away.

“I was just concentrating on hitting two good tee shots because it is crucial to hit it straight out here,” Phillips said. “I knew if I hit two good tee shots, it would be hard to get beat.”​

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