Lee Scott Academy Alum Davis Thompson 4th, Bulldogs 11th In Blessings Invitational
SOURCE: GEORIGA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Georgia’s Davis Thompson finished fourth individually on Wednesday in the season-opening Blessings Collegiate Invitational presented by Tyson Foods.
Navigating the Blessings Golf Club’s par-72, 7.503-yard layout, Thompson signed for a 2-under 70 in the final round. That gave the junior a 54-hole total of 3-under 213. Medalist honors went to Kentucky’s Alex Goff at 6-under 210.
Davis Thompson and Caterina Don, the top golfers in Georgia’s men’s and women’s lineups, paired to take second place in the BCI’s co-ed “best ball” competition. The Bulldog tandem covered the 54-hole event at 21-under as a team, just a stroke shy of winners Julian Perico and Brooke Matthews of Arkansas.
As a team, the Bulldogs fired a 4-over 292 on Wednesday to land at 29-over 893 for the tournament and in 11th place. Alabama captured the team title with a total of 4-over 868, followed by Tennessee (8-over 872) and Arkansas (12-over 876).
Sophomore Trent Phillips joined Thompson in pacing the Bulldogs on Wednesday with a 2-under 70. They were followed by sophomore Eli Scott and senior Will Chandler each at 4-over 76. Redshirt freshman Nicolas Cassidy had Georgia’s non-counting score of 7-over 79.
Phillips had a 54-hole figure of 5-over 221, followed by Cassidy at 13-over 229, Scott at 17-over 233, and Chandler at 21-over 237.
“We had our ups and downs this week, and we’ll use all of them as a way to motivate us to continue to improve,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “Our players got better each day, which is an indicator of a team that does not mail it in. We’ll keep working and keep challenging each other. We’ve got lofty expectations for this season, and this was the first step in that process.”
The Blessings Collegiate Invitational was Georgia’s first team competition since the 2019-20 season was cut short in March by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bulldogs will return to action Oct. 25-27 in the Legends Collegiate Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. Georgia then will compete Nov. 9-10 in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. Announcements about the spring portion of the season will be made at a later date. Like the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, the fields for the Legends Collegiate Invitational and the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate will consist entirely of Southeastern Conference schools.