Golf Stumbles to 7th-place Finish at Golfweek Preview

Sept. 28, 2010

Results

Stillwater, Okla. – Paul Haley fired a 1-over-par 73 and earned his second top-10 finish in as many events this fall, but Georgia Tech stumbled to a 19-over-par score of 307 as a team and finished in seventh place at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked eighth in the nation according to Golfstat, began the final round one stroke off the lead of host Oklahoma State, which posted a 6-over 294 for the day, 14-over 878 for 54 holes and won the tournament by four strokes over UCLA (18-over 882).

Georgia finished third at 19-over 883, followed by Texas A&M and Augusta State (each at 23-over 887), Texas (27-over 891) and Tech (28-over 892).

Haley shot rounds of 75-73-73 for a 5-over-par total of 221 on the difficult 7,403-yard, par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Course. The senior from Dallas, Texas has finished in the top 10 in his last three events and four of his last five.

He was seven shots off the pace of Pontus Widegren of UCLA, the only individual to break par for 54 holes at 2-under 214. Widegren shot 69 Tuesday to win medalist honors by two shots over Georgia’s Hudson Swafford and Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein.

John-Tyler Griffin carded a 77 Tuesday and finished tied for 13th at 6-over 222. Kyle Scott added a 76 and tied for 21st at 8-over 224, while James White closed with an 81 and tied for 43rd at 15-over 231. Freshman Richard Werenski, who struggled to an 86 Tuesday, also tied for 43rd at 231.

The 54-hole event, played at the site of next spring’s NCAA Division I Championship, featured 14 teams in the 2010-11 Golfweek top 30 preseason rankings, including seven of the top 10 and four of the top five.

Tech returns to action Oct. 10-12 at the Brickyard Collegiate in Macon, Ga.

PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW INVITATIONAL
Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.
Final Results

TEAM STANDINGS
Oklahoma State 288-296-294 – 878 (+14)
UCLA 300-287-295 – 882
Georgia 300-285-296 – 883
Texas A&M 297-294-296 – 887
Augusta State 304-288-295 – 887
Texas 310-290-291 – 891
Georgia Tech 298-287-307 – 892
Texas Tech 303-300-292 – 895
Oregon 300-299-305 – 904
Virginia 313-296-306 – 915
Arizona State 307-307-308 – 922
UNLV 321-303-304 – 928
Clemson 324-303-305 – 932
TCU 312-317-310 – 939
Southern California 331-305-312 — 948

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Pontus Widegren, UCLA 75-70-69 – 214 (-2)
Hudson Swafford, Georgia 75-68-73 – 216
Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State 72-74-70 – 216
Patrick Reed, Augusta State 79-67-71 – 217
Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State 77-70-72 – 219
Cody Gribble, Texas 80-70-70 — 220
Ben Kohles, Virginia 73-72-75 – 220
Henrik Norlander, Augusta State 71-78-71 – 220
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 75-71-75 – 221
Paul Haley, Georgia Tech 75-73-73 – 221
Russell Henley, Georgia 79-68-74 – 221

GEORGIA TECH SCORES
T13 John-Tyler Griffin 75-70-77 – 222
T21 Kyle Scott 74-74-76 – 224
T43 James White 74-76-81 – 231
T43 Richard Werenski 75-70-86 – 231

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