UGA’s NCAA fate is left to men’s golf, athletics and baseball

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With the Lady Dogs’ run over, they pass the putter to the Georgia men’s golf team. Coach Chris Haack’s golfers begin play in the NCAA Championship Round Friday at Grayhawk. They moved forward this year with a fourth-place finish in the Bryan (Texas) Regional last week.

“Extending your season and having the opportunity to compete for a national title is always meaningful,” Haack said. “I’m so proud of our guys. … Our goal all year has been to play for the national championship, and now we have that chance.

On Wednesday, the men’s and women’s track and field teams will begin NCAA postseason competition at the East Prelims on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The men’s team, led by world-renowned sprinter Matthew Boling, ranks No. 2, while the women are ranked No. 22.

The NCAA West Preliminaries will take place simultaneously in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 12 in each event from both regions will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.

Meanwhile, Georgia Baseball fell to Alabama 5-3 on Tuesday in the first round of the SEC Tournament. The Diamond Dogs (35-21) must now wait for the NCAA selection committee’s decision on Monday on whether their season will be extended. They are expected to receive an offer for the third time in the last four NCAA tournaments. However, Georgia is not expected to host.

Athletic director Josh Brooks is hoping for deep NCAA runs by all of Georgia’s remaining teams. In the latest Learfield Director’s Cup standings, released in early April, the Bulldogs were ranked 26th nationally. This ranked seventh among SEC teams, with Kentucky leading the league in ninth place.

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