May 19, 2001
Williamsburg, Va. – The second-ranked Georgia Tech men’s golf team was not part of the scoring frenzy at the top of the leaderboard, but the Yellow Jackets found enough low numbers to secure a fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Championships by finishing seventh at the NCAA East Regional. The 54-hole tournament was contested at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club?s 7008-yard, par-72 Green Course in Williamsburg, Va.
Tech carded a team round of 6-under-par, 282 over the final 18 holes of play to finish the event with a solid team score of 18-under-par, 285-279-282-846. That score was well off the blistering pace of team champion East Tennessee State, which paced the field with an impressive three-day score of 36-under-par, 274-278-276-828. The Buccaneers outdistanced second-place finisher NC State (281-274-281-836) and the third-place Florida Gators (276-284-277-837) by eight and nine shot respectively.
Jacket senior Bryce Molder made a late charge in the individual standings, as he birdied his final two holes of the day to fire a 6-under-par 66 over the final 18 holes and finish alone in second place at 13-under-par, 68-69-66-203. His score was two shots back of individual medalist Camilo Villegas of Florida, who led the event wire-to-wire with a 15-under-par score of 64-70-67-201.
Junior Matt Weibring concluded his solid play for the weekend as he recorded his first top-10 finish of the year by placing 10th with a three-day score of 6-under-par, 69-70-71-210, which is the best 54-hole tournament score of his career. The next Tech individual in the field was sophomore Troy Matteson, who finished tied for 49th with his score of 1-under-par, 73-69-73-215.
Rounding out the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field was senior Wes Latimer, who finished in a tie for 68th with is score of 75-70-73-218, and junior Kris Mikkelsen, who was part of a tie for 80th place at 5-over-par, 75-72-74-221.
At the time of this release, all of the leaders had finished their rounds to complete the top 10 teams advancing to the NCAAs, but a number of individuals had not yet finished their rounds, and an updated release will follow with final individual results.
The NCAA Championships will get under way on Wednesday, May 30, and continue through Saturday, June 2, with the field being cut to 15 teams following Thursday?s second round of play. The 72-hole tournament will take place at the 7100-yard, par-72 Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C. Tee times will be announced later this week following the completion of regional play.