ATLANTA (June 23) – The Georgia Tech golf team was one of eight selected by the Collegiate Golf Foundation to participate in the 2000 Rolex National Intercollegiate Match Play Team Championships at the West Bay Club in Estero, Fla., November 10-12.
The Yellow Jackets, who finished the 1999-2000 season ranked No. 1 in both the Golfweek/Sagarin and MasterCard post-season rankings following their second-place finish at the NCAA Championships are the favorites to be the top seed in the event.
The event will feature eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing for separate championships. The five members of each team will play singles matches against their opponent to determine the winning team. The winners will advance, while losing teams will go into a consolation bracket, with each team being guaranteed three matches.
All eight of the men’s teams finished the 1999-2000 season ranked in the MasterCard top 10, including Clemson (No. 3), Houston (No. 4), Northwestern (No. 5), Arizona (No. 6), UNLV (No. 7), Texas (No. 8) and Georgia (No. 9).
Commenting on the event, Georgia Tech Head Coach Bruce Heppler said, “The tournament is a lot of fun, we were invited two years ago, but were unable to participate because of a scheduling conflict. It’s a unique event in that it doesn’t count, and it’s fun for the kids because it will create some good rivalries for them.”
The Jackets will open the 2000-01 season on September 24, when they travel to the Duke Golf Club to play in the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational.