ATLANTA, GA (June 7) – The Georgia Tech men’s golf team claimed the top-ranking in the final edition of the Division I men’s MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings released today by the College Golf Foundation. The rankings are determined by a computerized system based on performance during the 1999-2000 collegiate golf season.
The Yellow Jackets, who lost to Oklahoma State in a one-hole playoff at the NCAA Championship, distanced out the champion Cowboys in the poll, while fellow ACC member Clemson finished the year ranked third. Houston and Northwestern rounded out the top five.
Georgia Tech won four team titles during the 1999-2000 season, including the Carpet Capital Collegiate, the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, the San Juan Shootout and the U.S. Collegiate Championships. The team also produced three individual champions, with junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) and senior Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) sharing medalist honors at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate.
Five Tech players also finished the year ranked among the top 100 individuals in the final MasterCard poll. Heading up the list was Kuchar, who was ranked fourth with a final rating of 392.275. Joining him in the top-10 was Molder, who was the sixth-ranked player with a 369.775 rating. The remaining Yellow Jackets in the top-100 were sophomore Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), who was ranked 39th, senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.), who was the 54th, and freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) who was ranked 76th.
Along with being ranked the top team in the MasterCard poll, Georgia Tech was also rated No. 1 by the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, outdistancing second-ranked Clemson and third-ranked Oklahoma State.