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Albany native Mitchell shoots 8-under in N.C., second-lowest round in UGA history

Former Deerfield and current UGA golf star T.J. Mitchell left his mark on the Bulldogs' program Sunday when he shot the second-lowest score in school history with an 8-under at the ODU Invitational.

Former Deerfield and current UGA golf star T.J. Mitchell left his mark on the Bulldogs' program Sunday when he shot the second-lowest score in school history with an 8-under at the ODU Invitational.

POWELLS POINT, N.C. -- Led by Albany native and former Herald Player of the Year T.J. Mitchell, the 16th-ranked Georgia men's golf team posted one of the best rounds in school history Sunday in the ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate Invitational.

Playing at Kilmarlic Golf Club, the Bulldogs recorded a team score of 17-under-par 271 -- the fifth-lowest round in school history. Georgia will enter today's second round with a 10-shot lead over Liberty.

Mitchell, a Deerfield alum, signed for an 8-under 64, while teammate Keith Mitchell (no relation) carded a 7-under 65 to hold down the top two individual spots. T.J. became the fourth Georgia golfer to shoot an 8-under, which is tied for second place in school annals. Keith Mitchell's 7-under is third-best in Bulldogs history and places him in a multi-player tie for sixth.

Georgia also got a 2-under 70 from Bryden Macpherson and an even-par 72 from Michael Cromie. Brian Carter had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 2-over 74.

"These kinds of days are rare, but when you have one, they are so enjoyable," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "It's great to see player after player striking the ball well and stringing together some good holes. It goes without saying that a start like this is great for our team's confidence. We just need to keep it going two more days."

T.J. recorded two eagles, six birdies and two bogeys on his loop.