Sept. 29, 2008
Cameron Tringale fired a 4-under-par 67 and Chesson Hadley a 2-under 69 Monday, leading a Georgia Tech rally in the second round that lifted the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets into sixth place after 36 holes of the PING/Golfweek Preview Classic in Toledo, Ohio.
Though they were unable to shave any strokes off the lead, the Jackets shot 1-under-par 283 as a team, a score bettered by only two other teams on this day. Tech advanced three positions in the team standings, shaking off a disappointing first round at the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club. Thirteen of the 15 teams in the field are ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.
Tringale, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., birdied three of his first five holes and two more on the second nine in matching his best round in his last 25. The three-time All-American is tied for ninth place at even-par 142, seven shots off the lead. Hadley, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., had a pair of birdies on each side and scored his best round since last spring’s U.S. Collegiate Championship. A two-time All-American, Hadley is tied for 13th place at 1-over-par 143.
Meanwhile, John-Tyler Griffin came in at even-par 71 Monday, and freshman James White posted his second straight 76 to count toward Tech’s team total. David Dragoo, who led Tech Sunday with a 71, shot 79 Monday.
“The top of our lineup played much better today, which we need in order to be competitive in a field like this, and J.T. had a 71 despite not putting well, so it was a much better day for us,” said Heppler.
Oklahoma State (9-under 559 for the tournament), which fired a 7-under-par 277 Monday on the strength of Morgan Hoffman’s 66 and Rickie Fowler’s 69, boosted its lead to eight shots over Tennessee (1-under 567) and 16 over the third-place team, Georgia (7-over 575). Hoffman leads the individual race at 7-under 135, while the Vols’ Robin Wingardh (67–136) is second. Fowler and Tennessee’s Cameron Lawrence are tied for third at 5-under 137.
Clemson is tied with Georgia at 7-over-par, followed by Southern California (9-over) and Tech (11-over).
PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW CLASSICInverness Club, Toledo, OhioSecond-Round Results
TEAM STANDINGS Oklahoma State, 282-277–559 (-9) Tennessee, 284-283–567 (-1) Georgia, 290-285–575 (+7) Clemson, 294-281–575 (+7) Southern California, 286-291–577 (+9) Georgia Tech, 296-283–579 (+12) Alabama, 294-288–582 (+14) Arizona State, 292-292–584 (+16) Florida, 291-297–588 (+20) Florida State, 299-292–591 (+23) Kent State, 299-292–591 (+23) Charlotte, 296-296–592 (+24) Tennessee-Chattanooga, 299-300–599 (+31) Texas A&M, 296-306–602 (+34) Toledo, 314-299–613 (+45)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State, 69-66–135 (-7) Robin Wingardh, Tennessee, 69-67–136 (-6) Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State, 68-69–137 (-5) Cameron Lawrence, Tennessee, 68-69–137 (-5) Kyle Stanley, Clemson, 69-68–137 (-5) Tom Glissmeyer, Southern California, 70-69–139 (-3) Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State, 70-70–140 (-2) Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M, 70-71–141 (-1) Jamie Lovemark, Southern California, 66 (-5) Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech, 75-67–142 (E) Three others tied at 142 (E)