Kuchar's Surge Keeps Georgia Tech in First Place in San Juan Shoot Out

ATLANTA (Feb. 28) – Georgia Tech senior Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) surged from 18th to 6th Monday to help keep the top-ranked Yellow Jackets first in the San Juan Shoot Out at the 6,945-yard, par 72 Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Mar, P.R. Tech finished the second day with a six-under-par 282 and leads second place NC State by four strokes.

Kuchar carded a four-under 68, which tied Jonathan Byrd of Clemson for the the low round of the second day. Kuchar, the 1998 Haskins Player of the Year, now has a two-day total of 73-68141 and is four strokes back from the lead. Jacket Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) continues to pace the field with a seven-under 67-70137. He is vying to win his second straight tournament after tying Kuchar as the co-medalist at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate two weeks ago. Sophomore Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.) is tied for 27th at 72-73145, redshirt-freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) is tied for 30th at 75-71146 and senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) is tied for 51st at 72-77149.

“The four players who have counted for us each day have combined for 22 birdies each round, so we have played very well and also made some mistakes to be only 10 strokes under as a team,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “The course is in good shape and we just need to keep playing OK and avoid mistakes to have a chance to win.”

Play ends with 18 holes Tuesday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Team Results Though Second Round1.      Georgia Tech            284-282 - 5662.      NC State                286-284 - 5703.      Clemson                 284-287 - 5714.      Duke                    286-286 - 5725.      Wake Forest             287-286 - 5736.      Northwestern            298-288 - 5777.      North Carolina          289-290 - 5798.      Kent                    293-289 - 5829.      Georgia                 294-289 - 58310.     Colorado                297-287 - 58411.     Purdue                  290-299 - 58912.     East Tennessee State    294-299 - 593        Florida State           296-297 - 593        Virginia                301-292 - 59315.     Minnesota               300-300 - 600Top 10 Individuals1.      Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech      67-70 - 1372.      Luke Donald, Northwestern       70-69 - 1393.      Jonathan Byrd, Clemson          72-68 - 140        Martin LeMesurier, Minnesota    70-70 - 140        Leif Olson, Duke                71-69 - 1406.      Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech       73-68 - 141        Buck Williams, Wake Forest      71-70 - 141        Kris Hannah, Florida State      68-73 - 1419.      Nick Cassini, Georgia           71-71 - 142        Bubba Watson, Georgia           71-71 - 142Georgia Tech Results1.      Bryce Molder            67-70 - 137t-6.    Matt Kuchar             73-68 - 141t-27.   Kris Mikkelsen          72-73 - 145t-30.   Troy Matteson           75-71 - 146t-51.   Carlton Forrester       72-77 - 149

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