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Bulldog Monthly June 2019

dates and deadlines

August 1: Basketball Enhancement Fund Donation Deadline

Mid-August: Football Tickets Mailed

2019 Football Seat and Parking Selections Complete

The 2019 football season ticket and parking relocation process has been completed, and all seats in Sanford Stadium are sold out! Cutoff information for this year is listed below.

Last Pair of Adjacent Seats: Assigned at 10,420 points

All donors who did not qualify for new or additional season tickets that were previously paid for will either be issued a refund or have the season ticket payment rolled over to the 2020 Hartman Fund, depending on the preference noted at the time of purchase. Tickets for all 2019 football season ticket holders will be mailed in mid-August.

Away Game Ticket Allocations

Away game ticket allocations will take place throughout the summer upon receipt of away game ticket allotments. All Hartman Fund donors who requested tickets will be notified in August of cutoff scores for these games. If you do not qualify for an away game you requested, you will be issued a refund for the ticket payment.

2019 BEF Campaign Underway

The Georgia Bulldog Club's 2019-20 Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) campaign is now underway. Fans who are renewing or interested in making new contributions in support of Georgia Men's Basketball can visit www.georgiadogs.com/donate or contact The Georgia Bulldog Club by phone at 877-423-2947. Personalized renewal packages will be mailed to 2018 BEF contributors. The minimum donation requirement to qualify for renewable season tickets is $150 per seat and all donations must be made by August 1st to receive a season ticket application.

BEF contributions help provide essential support for student-athlete scholarships, academic support, training and nutrition, travel assistance, recruiting, and equipment upgrades. BEF donors enjoy access to exclusive men's basketball benefits including renewable season tickets, game day parking and hospitality, postseason ticket opportunities, and an invitation to attend an open practice.

BEF Giving Levels & Benefits

Please reference the 2019 BEF brochure for more information.

Additional Premium Seating Now Available to BEF Donors

New courtside and baseline premium seating opportunities have been added to the inventory beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Single Home Game Tickets

In anticipation of high demand, as a value added BEF donor benefit, BEF donors will have the opportunity to request single home game tickets prior to the general public. The purchase of season tickets is not required in order to request single home game tickets. The number of tickets BEF donors may request is based on your 2019 BEF giving level or your level of involvement with the Magill Society. Please reference 2019 BEF brochure for more information.

Optional Seat Selection Process

Similar to the optional football season ticket and parking online selection process, in an effort to provide a higher level of customer service and inventory transparency, The Georgia Bulldog Club is implementing an interactive online optional seat selection process for BEF donors. This will enable BEF donors who purchase men’s basketball season tickets the opportunity to explore seat relocation options on a web-based 3D map of Stegeman Coliseum, while also giving those who purchase new or additional season tickets the ability to personally select the location of these seats. Please reference 2019 BEF brochure for more information.

The energy and enthusiasm surrounding Georgia Basketball remains palpable this summer as the Bulldogs prepare for their second season under head coach Tom Crean. And for good reason. The immediate past and eminent future bode well for Georgia’s present fortunes.

Last season, the Bulldogs broke their all-time total home attendance record at Stegeman Coliseum in Crean’s first season, surpassing the old mark by 9,130 fans. The Bulldogs played in front of the fourth-largest average attendance at home ever, drawing 8,747 fans per game to Stegeman including seven sellouts.

This season, Georgia returns five letterwinners who combined to score 1,000 points a year ago. Crean will also welcome a recruiting class with an unprecedented five top-100 prep prospects, including the highest-rated recruit in program history. The Bulldogs’ recruiting class has been ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN.com.

Georgia Early TV Schedule Announced

The University of Georgia football television schedule for the first three weeks of the 2019 season was announced by ESPN and the SEC Network.

The Bulldogs' Aug. 31 opener at Vanderbilt will be carried by the SEC Network with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The home opener against Murray State on Sept. 7 will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Sept. 14 home game with Arkansas State will kick off at noon on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Additionally, the Georgia-Florida game has been announced as a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on CBS.

New Premium Area Coming to Sanford Stadium This Fall

Starting with the 2019 UGA Football season, The Georgia Bulldog Club is pleased to announce the creation of a new premium hospitality space within Sanford Stadium. This covered open-air space will be located on the concourse in the southeast corner of the 200 level. This space will open two hours prior to kickoff and will provide patrons with a reprieve from the stands, no matter your seat location, accessible via the southeast or northeast ramps. This premium space will feature flat screen televisions, high-top tables, and couches where patrons can enjoy exclusive food and drink options. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be included with the purchase of a season pass, whereas beer and wine will be available for purchase. Alcoholic consumption will be limited to this space and will not be allowed outside of this confined area.

With capacity limited to no more than 400 people, access to this hospitality area is being provided as a Magill Society donor stewardship benefit to those who have pledged $100,000 or more. Only donors at the $100,000 Magill Society commitment level and above will have the ability to request up to two (2) season passes. The deadline to request is July 15. Magill Society donors who have pledged $250,000 or more will be guaranteed access to purchase up to two (2) season passes.

A formal invitation to request season passes will be sent in the mail to all Magill Society donors who have pledged $100,000 or more. Requesting hospitality passes does not guarantee that your order will be fulfilled as all requests will be prioritized and allocated based on cumulative priority points through the July 15th request deadline and availability. Passes are priced at $250 per pass for the season and will be subject to renewal based on priority and your Magill Society status each year moving forward. No single game passes will be available for purchase.

“We are excited to be able to provide a new premium hospitality area for our donors. We have been so fortunate to have such an influx of Magill Society donors over the past few years and this newly created opportunity will enable us to help enhance the game day experience. We continue to seek additional opportunities to impact as many donors as possible beginning with this exclusive experience this fall”, said Matt Borman, Deputy Athletic Director.

In addition to alcohol sales in this newly created space, alcohol will now be available for purchase within the confined Sky Club and Champions Club premium seating areas.

97 Student-Athletes Earn UGA Degrees

Ninety seven University of Georgia student-athletes received their undergraduate or graduate degrees this year at the annual spring and summer Commencement exercises. Student-athletes receiving their degrees include:

Baseball: Ryan Avidano, Biochem and Molecular Biology; Jared Cheek, Computer Science; Zach Cone, House Management and Policy; Nick King, Communication Studies; Mason Meadows, Management;

Equestrian: Madison Anger, Biology; Jessica Blum, Human Development and Family Science; Chaney Getchell, Risk Management and Insurance; Anna Hutlas, Consumer Journalism; Emma Mandarino, Accounting; Sarah McDonald, Financial Planning; Alexis Mougalian, Finance; Madison Newman, Risk Management and Insurance; Lila Owens, Communication Studies; Graysen Stroud, Housing; Catherine Sullivan, International Affairs and Journalism; Danielle Walawender, Animal Science

Football: Michael Chigbu, Advertising; John Eager, Management; Kwame Geathers, Consumer Economics; Sage Hardin, Finance; Jackson Harris, Mechanical Engineering; Mirko Jurkovic, Sport Management; Nicholas Moore, Finance and Mathematics; Malkom Parrish, Communication Studies; Rashad Roundtree, Sport Management; Dyshon Sims, Communication Studies; John Theus, Human Development and Family Sciences; Shakenneth Williams, Sociology; Jarvis Wilson, Psychology; Justin Young, Communication Studies

Gymnastics: Vivi Babalis, Masters in Sport Management; Gracie Cherrey, Marketing; Morgan Reynolds, Masters in Journalism; Sydney Snead, Sport Management; Lauren Johnson, Masters in Public Health (Grad Assistant)

Men's Basketball: Papa Diatta, International Affairs; Michael Edwards, Communication Studies; Christian Harrison, Finance and Real Estate; Turtle Jackson, Agribusiness; Derek Ogbeide, Consumer Economics; Connor O'Neill, Finance; Juwan Parker, Masters in Financial Planning

Men's Golf: Jack Larkin, Finance and Real Estate; David Mackey, Risk Management and Insurance; Tyler Waller, Sport Management

Men's Tennis: Walker Duncan, Finance; Jan Zielinski, Sport Management

Soccer: Anna Bougas, Consumer Economics; Mariel Velasco Gutierrez, Mechanical Engineering; Louise Hogrell, Art; Josie Roebuck, Art

Softball: Kylie Bass, Human Development and Family Science; Kendall Burton, Communication Studies; Cortni Emanuel, Masters in Sport Management; Brittany Gray, Communication Studies; Tiffani Railey, Psychology

Swimming & Diving: Alex BeMiller, Management; Chase Kalisz, Sport Management; Jay Litherland, Sociology; Kevin Litherland, Sociology; Mick Literland, Sociology; William Wesley, Sport Management and Advertising; Olivia Ball, Biological Engineering; Chelsie Britt, Sport Management; Madison Duvall, Human Development and Family Science; Allison Greene, Sport Management; Kylie Stewart, International Affairs

Track & Field: Jeramey Hampton, Finance; Raytez Jenkins, Communication Studies; Tyler Jones, Consumer Economics; Daniel Navarro, Sport Management; Jonathan Pelham, International Affairs and Political Science; Jonathan Raines, Finance; Austin Sprague, Communication Studies; Hailey Branch, Communication Studies; Madeline Fagan, Master in the Study of Law; Keturah Orji, Masters in Sport Management; Emily Savage, Advertising; Kayla Smith, Sociology; Grace Tavani, Communication Studies and Spanish; Mary Terry, Health and Physical Education; Bailey Weiland, Sport Management

Volleyball: Majesti Bass, Journalism; Sydney Gilliam, Public Relations; Kaitlin Houser, Art History; Anna Kate Karstens, Human Development and Family Sciences; Kendall Kazor, Marketing; Caroline Ostman, Finance

Women's Basketball: Haley Clark, Masters in Financial Planing; Taja Cole, Communication Studies; William Jenkins, Management Information Systems (Manager), Zachary Rich, Finance and Sport Management (Manager)

Women's Golf: Jillian Hollis, Communication Studies; Rinko Mitsunaga, Communication Studies; Isabella Skinner, Masters in Accounting; Madison Tardy, Financial Planning

Katarina Jokic Earns National Player of the Year

The accolades continue to mount for sophomore Katarina Jokic as she was named 2019 ITA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year for women's tennis.

Jokic, of Novi Grad, Bosnia, becomes the second Georgia women's tennis player in program history to win the National Player of the Year Award, joining Angela Lettiere who earned the honor in 1994. Also Jokic is the second Bulldog all time to conclude the season in the top spot of the ITA singles rankings. Previously, Marissa Catlin finished the 1998 season with the No. 1 singles rankings.

The POY award comes off of Jokic being named one of four finalists for the Honda Award, presented by THE Collegiate Women Sports Association. The Honda Sport Award winner for tennis will be announced this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools.

"I've always said when you have a group focused and willing to work together as a team to achieve championships, individual awards will come our way," Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said." This is certainly the case with the well-deserved honor of Katarina Jokic winning National Player of the Year. She won an individual singles title in the fall and then continued to be an outstanding performer for us on the No. 1 singles and doubles court all spring. She has worked hard to earn the No. 1 singles ranking and National Player of the Year. I'm thrilled for her individual recognition as she has put so much into this team not only this year but since being at Georgia."

Of the two most prestigious singles events of the collegiate season – the NCAA Championships and the ITA National Fall Championships – Jokic reached the finals of both, including winning the latter. No other player in the country reached the quarterfinals of both. The Bulldog concluded the season with a 26-6 overall singles record, including a 21-5 mark against ranked opponents. In the team dual season, she went 11-4 playing exclusively on court one. Jokic was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after going 4-0 and clinching the final two matches to secure Georgia's sixth all-time team title. At the final site of the NCAA Team Championships, Jokic defeated her opponent in the quarterfinals and semifinals to aid the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000.

Georgia - Oklahoma Schedule Home and Home

The University of Georgia has scheduled a home-and-home football series with the University of Oklahoma for 2023 and 2031 according to an announcement by the two schools.

The Bulldogs will travel to Norman on Sept. 9, 2023, and the Sooners will play in Athens on Sept. 13, 2031.

"Lincoln's doing a great job and we look forward to building on what was a great matchup in the Rose Bowl," said UGA head coach Kirby Smart. "Oklahoma and Georgia are two of the biggest name brands in college football and these will be great games in Norman and Athens."

"Oklahoma has a great football tradition and success over a very long period of time," said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "It will be a great intersectional game that I¹m sure will excite the fan bases of both institutions. In addition, playing the Sooners certainly adds to our continuing efforts at scheduling quality opponents outside the SEC."

Georgia's previously announced home-and-home series with Power 5 non-conference opponents include two with Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson); Texas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens); UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens); and Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens).

Georgia and Oklahoma have only met once previously on the gridiron. The Bulldogs edged the Sooners, 54-48, in an epic College Football Playoff semi-final at the Jan. 1, 2018, Rose Bowl game in Pasadena.

8 Bulldogs Drafted in MLB Draft

A total of eight University of Georgia Bulldogs were selected during the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that concluded Wednesday.

It was the most Bulldogs selected since a school record 11 were drafted in 2009. This year's three-day draft featured 40 rounds (1,217 selections) while the 2009 event had 50 rounds (1,521 selections).

Georgia's draft picks this year were junior third baseman Aaron Schunk (2nd Round, Colorado), junior pitcher Tony Locey (3rd Round, St. Louis), junior pitcher Tim Elliott (4th Round, Seattle), senior second baseman LJ Talley (7th Round, Toronto), junior pitcher Zac Kristofak (14th Round, L.A. Angels), junior shortstop Cam Shepherd (20th Round, Tampa Bay), junior outfielder Tucker Maxwell (22nd Round, Philadelphia) and redshirt sophomore outfielder/infielder Riley King (26thRound, Atlanta).

Prior to the draft Monday, Shepherd announced he intended to return for his senior year. Additionally, Georgia signee Will Childers, a 6-4, 205-pound right-handed pitcher from Lakeside High School in Evans, Ga., was a 30th round pick of Arizona. The Bulldogs have a string of 46 straight seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract. In 2018, three Bulldogs were drafted and a total of four began a professional career.

The 2019 Bulldogs finished the season with a 46-17 record after reaching the NCAA Athens Regional final. The 46 wins ranked fourth most in school history and the 21 SEC wins was a school record. For the first time in school history, Georgia earned a National Seed two straight years and played host to an NCAA Regional in back-to-back seasons.

Aaron Schunk

The Colorado Rockies selected Schunk in the second round (62nd overall pick). A 6-2, 205-pound native of Atlanta, Ga., Schunk earned the "Triple Crown" for the seventh-ranked Bulldogs, leading the team with a .339 average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. He became the first Georgia player to do that since 2010 (Zach Cone, .363-10-53). Also, Schunk served as the closer, tallying 12 saves to go with a 1-2 mark and 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. For the second straight year, Schunk has been named a finalist for the John Olerud Award (nation's top two-way player) by the College Baseball Foundation. The Rockies selected Schunk as a third baseman.

Tony Locey

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Locey in the third round (96th overall pick). A 6-3, 235-pound native of Columbus, Ga., Locey led the Bulldogs with an 11-2 record and 2.53 ERA this season. He is the first Bulldog to win 11 games in a season since 1990 when Mike Rebhan (13-5) and Dave Fleming (12-3) headlined the national championship staff. In his Bulldog career, Locey is 20-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 59 appearances including 28 starts. He has tallied 194 strikeouts in 186 innings. Locey was a semifinalist for 2019 National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation.

Tim Elliott

The Seattle Mariners selected Elliott in the fourth round (126th overall pick) A 6-1, 200-pound native of Loganville, Ga., Elliott went 7-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 14 starts. He registered 72 strikeouts and just 24 walks in 75.2 innings. In his Bulldog career, Elliott is 9-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 41 appearances including 18 starts. He has tallied 99 strikeouts in 110.1 innings. After pitching just 34.2 innings in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs. Elliott enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2019. Also, he is a three-time member of the Academic All-Southeastern Conference Team. He is on the ballot for Academic All-American as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

LJ Talley

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Talley in the seventh round (207th overall pick). A 6-2, 203-pound left-handed hitter out of Folkston, Ga., Talley posted his best offensive year by hitting .332 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 63 starts to earn Second Team All-Southeastern Conference honors. In his Bulldog career, Talley played in 221 games including 199 starts. He posted a .280 career batting average with 17 home runs and 108 RBI. He had a career .977 fielding percentage at second base including a school record .989 mark as a freshman in 2016.

Zac Kristofak

The Los Angeles Angels selected Kristofak in the 14th round (421st overall pick). A 5-9, 185-pound native of Marietta, Ga., Kristofak went 5-0 with a 3.80 ERA and six saves in 24 appearances. He registered 63 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 47.1 innings. In Southeastern Conference action this past year, he went 2-0 with a 4.97 ERA and five saves. In his Bulldog career, Kristofak is 12-3 with a 4.29 ERA and 12 saves in 81 appearances including three starts. He has tallied 159 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. Kristofak has spent time as a closer the past two seasons as well. In 2018, he led the Bulldogs and ranked among the SEC leaders with 31 appearances.

Cam Shepherd

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Shepherd in the 20th round (608th overall pick). A 6-1, 187-pound native of Duluth, Ga., Shepherd has started every game at shortstop the past three seasons, a total of 180 games and posted a .972 fielding percentage. He set a school record for a shortstop with a .987 fielding percentage this past season and did not make an error in 30 Southeastern Conference games. He was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. At the plate in 2019, Shepherd batted .231 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 31 RBI. He hit six home runs over the final 16 games of the season. Shepherd was part of a defense that set a school record with a .980 fielding percentage. He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Tucker Maxwell

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Maxwell in the 22nd round (660th overall pick). A 6-0, 175-pound left-handed hitter out of Dawsonville, Ga., Maxwell posted his best offensive year by hitting .251 with 13 home runs, 29 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 55 games including 52 starts. In his Bulldog career, Maxwell has played in 164 games including 140 starts. He has posted a .214 career batting average with 21 home runs and 74 RBI plus is 37-for-45 in stolen base attempts. He has a career .982 fielding percentage in centerfield.

Riley King

The Atlanta Braves selected King in the 26th round (787th overall pick). A 6-0, 186-pound right-handed hitter out of Lawrenceville Ga., King excelled in his first season as a regular, starting all 63 games and hitting .295 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. King started 35 games in right field, 25 in left field and three at third base plus logged innings at shortstop and second base. The Braves drafted King as a third baseman.

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