“I am proud to get the Dawgs on Tour Birdie Challenge started because it connects us PGA Tour players who loved our time at Georgia and love continuing to support the UGA golf team,” said Todd, a 9-year tour member and Athens resident. “I feel like it further solidifies our fraternity of players on tour and sets the precedent for how UGA golfers will stay connected to the program after they turn professional.”
The Birdie Challenge will begin this week with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif., and will continue through the Tour Championship in Atlanta in August of 2022. Sigg, Straka, Swafford, and Todd are in the field.
The birdies program was the brainchild of legendary Georgia golf coach Chris Haack. The Bulldogs have won 66 collegiate tournaments, two national championships, eight SEC titles and produced 62 individual medalists under Haack’s direction since he came to Georgia in 1996. Haack’s players have been named All-Americans 69 times and 15 of his proteges have won a total of 64 times on the PGA (41) and Korn Ferry (23) tours.
According to UGA, these are the birdie averages for Georgia’s pros over the last three seasons are: Harman, 340; English, 339; Straka, 322; Mitchell, 300; Kisner, 297; Henley, 267; Todd, 266; Watson, 244; Swafford, 210; and Kirk, 198. Sigg will be a full-time member for the first time for 2021-22.
UGA has created a website specifically for the Birdie Challenge where fans can get more details and register for the program.
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