Song Earns Match Play Spot in U.S. Public Links

July 13, 2005

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech graduate Chan Song finished 16th in the stroke play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, and opens match play competition today against Drew Scott of San Diego, Calif.

The championship is being played at Shaker Run Golf Club (6,966 yards, par 70) in Lebanon, Ohio. A total of 64 players advanced to the match play competition, which runs through Friday. The second and third rounds will be played Thursday, the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday, and the 36-hole championship match Saturday.

Status of matches can be followed on U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Song, 22, who graduated from Tech in May and finished his Yellow Jackets career as a three-time All-American, shot 66-76 in stroke play to finish at two-over-par 142. He is one of eight 2005 collegiate All-Americans in the field.

Meanwhile, incoming freshman Cameron Tringale has qualified to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be contested July 18-23 at Longmeadow Country Club (6,673 yards, par 70) in Longmeadow, Mass. Two rounds of stroke play on June 18-19 will determine the 64-team field for match play, which begins July 20 and concludes with the 36-hole championship match on July 23.

Tringale made the field by finishing second (6-under-par 136) in a sectional qualifying tournament at the Stanford University Golf Course on July 4. Scoring for the U.S. Junior Amateur can be followed at U.S. Jumior Amateur Results.

An honorable mention junior all-American from Laguna Niguel, Calif., Tringale is Tech’s only incoming freshman, joining a team that returns three starters in All-American Roberto Castro of Alpharetta, Ga., all-ACC performer Mike Barbosa of St. Petersburg, Fla., and junior Kevin Larsen of Santa Barbara, Calif. The Jackets also return senior Thomas Jordan of Sea Island, Ga., and three red-shirt freshmen in Adam Cohan of Wayne, Pa., David Dragoo of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Taylor Hall of LaGrange, Ga.

SUMMER GOLF NOTES

** In his quest to be named to the United States team for the Walker Cup Matches, Nicholas Thompson has played well in amateur events this summer, finishing second at the Sunnehanna Amateur and 18th at the Northeast Amateur. The U.S. team for the matches, scheduled for Aug. 13-14 at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., is expected to be named next week.

** All-American Roberto Castro was Tech’s highest finisher in the Dogwood Invitational, held at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. The rising junior finished 12th )70-76-67-68 – 281).

** Brandon Goethals, an assistant coach for Tech the last four years, has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of the Pacific.

** Two Georgia Tech alumni are entered in the field for the The Open Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland, which begins tomorrow — Stewart Cink, who is among the top 30 money leaders on the PGA Tour, and David Duval, who won the Open Championship in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

** Troy Matteson, who won the 2002 NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio, is No. 1 on the earnings list ($291,783) on the Nationwide Tour heading into this week’s. Matt Weibring is 33rd on the list with $80,048, while Bryce Molder is in 104th place and Tripp Isenhour is in 110th. The top 20 leaders at the end of the season earn PGA Tour cards.

** Georgia Tech has released its 2005-06 golf schedule, which kicks off with the PING/Golfweek Preview Classic Sept. 26-28 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The invitation-only event annually brings together the top finishers from the previous year’s NCAA Championship at the site of the upcoming year’s championship.

** The fall slate also includes the Jerry Pate National Collegiate in Birmingham, ala., the Isleworth Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla., the annual Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., and the Hooters Match Play Championship in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

** Tech, which has been the host school for the Carpet Capital Collegiate since 1989, will host a spring event this year at the Golf Club of Georgia. The 54-hole tournament, to be played Apr. 10-11, features Alabama, Brigham Young, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Tennessee, Texas and TCU.

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