Kona Winds Spell Trouble at the Finish for Tech Golfers

Feb. 4, 2010

Complete results and live scoring

Kohala Coast, Hawai’i – Kyle Scott shot s 1-over-par 73, and John-Tyler Griffin added a 74 Wednesday to pace Georgia Tech, and the 22nd-ranked Yellow Jackets are tied for 10th place after the first round of the Mauna Lani Invitational golf tournament.

The Yellow Jackets counted a 78 from James White and a 79 from Paul Haley in the stiff Kona winds that prevented any team from breaking par and any player from breaking 70.

The 22 teams played under a shotgun start, which had Georgia Tech teeing off on the back nine. The first nine were relatively benign for the Yellow Jackets, who played the side in 3-uunder-par. But the front (finishing) nine proved treacherous for head coach Bruce Heppler’s team, and the team lost 10 shots on the par-3 fifth hole alone.

Tech’s counting players recorded six double-bogeys against four birdies on the front side.

“We played along pretty well today,” said Heppler. “One of the unfortunate things about a shotgun start is that where you begin can have a big impact if the weather goes a certain way. We were in great shape as we got to the fifth tee, and we played the last holes in the teeth of the wind and we played those last holes in 16-over-par.

“Kyle and J.T. has pretty good rounds, and the others didn’t handle it so well. But we played hard, and the young guys are learning, and we’re pleased with that. We’ll see if we can’t do a little bit better [Thursday].”

Tech’s 16-over-par team score of 304 is 16 shots off the lead set by UCLA, which came in at even-par 288. West Coast teams fared much better this day, as Oregon and Washington were tied for second place at 291, three shots back, Southern California (293) was fourth, Texas Tech (296) fifth, and Stanford and Texas (297) tied for sixth. Oklahoma State (299) and Oregon State (302) rounded out the top nine, while Tech was tied with Colorado.

Scott, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, is in a group of seven players tied for 12th place individually, three shots off the lead, while Griffin is tied for 19th with 19 other golfers. Nick Taylor of Washington, Bobby Hudson of Texas, Nils Floren of Texas Tech, Andrew Vijarro and Alex Kim of UCLA are tied for first place with 70s.

The second round begins Thursday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. Eastern).

20th ANNUAL MAUNA LANI INVITATIONALMauna Lani ResortFirst-Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 UCLA 288 E T2 Oregon 291 +3 T2 Washington 291 +3 4 Southern California 293 +5 5 Texas Tech 296 +8 T6 Stanford 297 +9 T6 Texas 297 +9 8 Oklahoma State 299 +11 9 Oregon State U. 302 +14 T10 Colorado 304 +16 T10 Georgia Tech 304 +16 T12 Florida State 306 +18 T12 UC Davis 306 +18 14 San Jose State Univ. 308 +20 15 TCU 310 +22 16 Hawaii 311 +23 17 San Francisco, U. of 312 +24 18 Arizona State 313 +25 T19 Cal State East Bay 316 +28 T19 Hawaii-Hilo 316 +28 21 Rhode Island, U. of 324 +36 22 Sonoma State 331 +43

LEADING INDIVIDUALS T1 Nick Taylor Washington 70 (F) -2 T1 Bobby Hudson Texas 70 (F) -2 T1 Nils Floren Texas Tech 70 (F) -2 T1 Andrew Vijarro Oregon 70 (F) -2 T1 Alex Kim UCLA 70 (F) -2 6 Kevin Kring Colorado 71 (F) -1 T7 Matthew Giles Southern California 72 (F) E T7 Kevin Tway Oklahoma State 72 (F) E T7 Sihwan Kim Stanford 72 (F) E T7 Pontus Widegren UCLA 72 (F) E T7 Charlie Hughes Washington 72 (F) E

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T10 Georgia Tech +16 304 304 T12 Kyle Scott +1 73 73 T19 John Tyler Griffin +2 74 74 T62 James White +6 78 78 T74 Paul Haley +7 79 79 T94 Bo Andrews +9 81 81

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