Georgia Tech in Third after First Two Rounds at NCAA Championships

OPELIKA, ALA (June 1) — The Georgia Tech men’s golf team recorded a team round of 282 on Thursday and finished the first 36 holes of the NCAA Championships alone in third place. The Yellow Jackets made the 36-hole cut at the 72-hole event, which is being contested at the par-72, 7003-yard, Grand National Golf Club’s Lake Course in Opelika, Ala.

Following the first two rounds of play, Tech stands at 14 under par, 280-282=562, which is five shots off the pace of second-round leader Oklahoma State. The Cowboys turned in the top round of the day in carding a 12-under-par 276 to stand at 281-276=557. First-round leader Texas is in second place at 272-286=558, or 18 under par.

Leading the Yellow Jacket individuals in the field is senior Matt Kucher (Lake Mary, Fla.), who carded a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday and is part of a two-way tie for fifth place at 7-under-par 67-70=137. Kuchar trails the event’s individual leaders Charles Howell of Oklahoma State (67-66=133) and first-round leader David Gossett of Texas (63-70=133), both of whom are at 11-under-par after 36 holes. Fellow senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) also turned in a 70 on the second day of competition and is part of a 19-player logjam in 28th place at even par 74-70=144 for the tournament.

Tech had two other individuals turn in rounds in red figures, as freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) carded a 1-under-par 71 in the second round and joins Forrester at even par in the event among the 19 players tied for 28th place. Sophomore Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas) matched Matteson on the second day in recording his second straight 71 and is part of a five-way tie for 16th place at 2-under-par 71-71=142.

The final Georgia Tech individual in the field is junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark), who finished the day with an even-par round of 72 and is at 3-under-par 69-72=141 after 36 holes of play, which puts him among three players tied for 13th place.

The tournament continues tomorrow with the third round of competition, and Georgia Tech will be in the final set of threesomes with its round beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES

   1 Oklahoma State U.        281  276    557   -19   2 Texas, Univ. of          272  286    558   -18   3 Georgia Tech             280  282    562   -14   4 North Carolina, U of     288  282    570    -6   5 Kent State               288  283    571    -5T  6 Houston, Univ. of        284  289    573    -3T  6 UNLV                     286  287    573    -3   8 Arizona, U. of           286  289    575    -1T  9 Auburn University        290  288    578    +2T  9 TCU                      289  289    578    +2T  9 Clemson University       291  287    578    +2T  9 Fresno State Univ.       293  285    578    +2T 13 Northwestern             287  293    580    +4T 13 Minnesota, Univ. of      290  290    580    +4T 15 Georgia, U. of           292  290    582    +6T 15 Wake Forest Univ.        292  290    582    +6T 17 California, U. of        300  283    583    +7T 17 East Tennessee St.       286  297    583    +7T 19 Mississippi St. U.       288  296    584    +8T 19 New Mexico, U. of        286  298    584    +8  21 Kansas, U. of            291  294    585    +9  22 Georgia State Univ.      295  292    587   +11T 23 Oklahoma, U. of          294  294    588   +12T 23 Pepperdine Univ.         295  293    588   +12T 25 Arizona State U.         299  290    589   +13T 25 Virginia, U. of          299  290    589   +13  27 North Florida, U. of     294  296    590   +14  28 Brigham Young Univ.      299  294    593   +17  29 Southern California      299  300    599   +23  30 Washington, U. of        301  312    613   +37

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS AND GEORGIA TECH PLAYERS

1.      Charles Howell, Oklahoma State  67-66=133        David Gossett, Texas            63-70=1333.      Chris Wisler, ETSU              67-68=1354.      J.J. Wall, Texas                65-71=1365.      Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech       67-70=137        Jeremy Anderson, UNLV           69-68=1377.      Landry Mahan, Oklahoma State    70-68=138        Ricky Barnes, Arizona           70-68=1389.      Jess Daley, Northwestern        69-70=139        James Driscoll, Virginia        68-71=139

GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS

T 13.   Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech              69-71=141T 16.   Matt Weibring, Georgia Tech             71-71=142T 28.   Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech             73-71=144T 28.   Carlton Forrester, Georgia Tech         74-70=144       

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