ST. SIMONS ISLAND — On the strength of a 4-under 66 from Nicholas Reach, the Georgia men’s golf team landed in third place following the first round of the SEC championship on Friday at Sea Island Golf Club.
The Bulldogs fired a 1-over 281 on the par-70, 7,055-yard layout on the Seaside Course. Auburn has the team lead at 5-under 275 and South Carolina is second at 1-under 279.
Reach posted birdies on the par-5 seventh, the par-3 12th and the par-4 14th. He then converted an eagle on the par-5 15th covering 565 yards. Reach is in a three-way tie for second place, just one shot behind South Carolina’s Caleb Sturgeon (5-under 65). Eleven players shot under par on Friday, despite Seaside’s typically windy conditions.
The Bulldogs also counted even-par 70s from junior Keith Mitchell and sophomore Sam Straka, as well as a 5-over 75 from freshman Lee McCoy. Senior T.J. Mitchell had the Bulldogs’ non-counting score of 7-over 77.