University of Georgia Wins Team and Individual Honors at 14th Annual Linger Longer Invitational

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Written by Lauren Bassett

In a tournament known for featuring top collegiate golf programs and future PGA Tour stars, this year’s Linger Longer Invitational (LLI) provided a thrilling display of talent that finally resulted in victory for the nationally ranked number 12 University of Georgia Bulldogs, capturing the title for a record-tying fifth time.

It was a close race to the finish for four teams, including first-round leader Louisville along with second-round leader and last year’s LLI champion, Alabama. Sunday began with Georgia tied for second with Liberty, but ultimately the Bulldogs were able to pull ahead with a final 54-hole score of 845, 19-under par.

Liberty finished just six strokes behind to take second place at 851 (best 4-of-5 scoring). Louisville took third place at 854, 10-under par, while five-time champion Alabama was fourth at 259. All four teams came into the LLI ranked among the Top 25 collegiate programs in the country.

Not only did Georgia stand out in the tournament, but it also dominated on the individual, claiming the top two spots. First-time collegiate medalist Spencer Ralston won the individual title at 11-under-par 205, followed by fellow junior teammate Trevor Phillips, at 208, 8-under, tied with Liberty sophomore Alexandre Fuchs. Ralston and Phillips both shot 6-under-par 66 in the final round.

I could not be prouder of this group of guys. We were focused throughout and we cleaned some things up along the way to give ourselves a chance. This team has really come together and found great chemistry, and I'm looking forward to seeing how we fare coming down the stretch. Chris Haack, Georgia Head Golf Coach
From left: Kirk Kayden (Mercer) and Bryant Odom (Kennesaw State) - Tournament Organizers; Jose Lopez - The Landing PGA Head Professional; Spencer Ralston - 2019 LLI Individual Champion; Wesley Forester - Director of Golf, Reynolds Lake Oconee

“Georgia comes to the Linger Longer Invitational every year and this is my third time participating,” said Ralston, the fifth Bulldog to capture the individual title at Reynolds Lake Oconee. “This win is huge and it was such a great feeling to get a sweep for our whole team. I think the rest of our season holds a lot of promise.”

This was Georgia’s second tournament win for the spring season. The Bulldogs also claimed victory at the 27th annual Puerto Rico Classic in February

Co-hosted by Kennesaw State University and Mercer University, the Linger Longer Invitational has been an annual showcase for college golf teams since 2006. From inception, the Invitational has been played at three of the six courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee – The Oconee, Great Waters, and this year’s location, The Landing. For full results from the 2019 Linger Longer Invitational click here.

This win is huge and it was such a great feeling to get a sweep for our whole team. I think the rest of our season holds a lot of promise. Spencer Ralston, 2019 LLI Individual Champion
I am so happy for Spencer. He has been a tremendous ambassador for Georgia golf during his career, so it's great that he can add this to his resume. Chris Haack, Georgia Head Golf Coach

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