ATHENS – It’s good to be a “Dawg” these days. At least that’s what former members of the UGA golf team are saying.
Three of them were back on campus on Monday as part of media day for the Stadion Classic at UGA. The annual Nationwide Tour event on the UGA Golf Course is set to tee off May 3-6. Defending champion Russell Henley – who won last year’s tournament while still a senior at Georgia – Hudson Swafford and Richard Scott are now Nationwide regulars and are back to play again. Scott, who played on the Bulldogs’ 2005 national championship team, is also a Nationwide player and accepted a sponsor’s exemption from the Stadion on Monday.
They represent a small part of what has been a really big year in pro golf for the Bulldogs. You may recall that 2000-2001 UGA letterman Bubba Watson recently won a certain invitational tournament down in Augusta a couple of weeks back.
In addition to giving his fellow Bulldogs inspiration, Watson’s major championship draws attention to the good work being done by coach Chris Haack with Georgia’s golf program
“Everything he does has a purpose,” Henley said. “He has his laid-back attitude and he wants you to have fun when you play and do your own thing that works for you. He does things differently than a lot of coaches. But then you look at all the Georgia guys that are all of the sudden coming out and playing well on the tours. There’re a lot Bulldogs playing great golf and that’s because ‘Hacker’ coached them the right way.”
“I’m just excited to be a part of that group of guys and hopefully I can start competing up there with them on the PGA Tour,” Henley said.