ATLANTA (March 8) – The third-ranked Georgia Tech men’s golf team will look to continue its winning ways this weekend as it heads west to compete in the Las Vegas Intercollegiate from March 9-11. The three-day, 54-hole event will be contested at the 7,100-yard, par-72 layout of the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off of their second team title of the 2000-01 season, following their victory on February 27 at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Palmer, Puerto Rico. Tech recorded a team score of 3-under-par, 296-283-282ù861, to hold off second-ranked Clemson in the final round and claim a one-stroke win. Tech’s individuals in the field were led by a trio of players in the top 15, as senior Bryce Molder finished third with a 54-hole score of 4-under-par, 71-71-70ù212 and sophomore Troy Matteson (75-71-73ù219) and junior Matt Weibring (75-75-69ù219) were part of a tie for 15th place at 3-over-par.
Molder has continued his reign as the nation’s top-ranked collegiate player, as he currently leads the country with a 69.41 stroke average and has a pair of wins, including the Golfweek Preview Invitational and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. Matteson follows Molder in the Jacket’s stroke-average leaders, as he holds 72.87 scoring average per 18 holes.
Tech made its first-ever appearance in the Las Vegas Intercollegiate during the 1999-2000 season, as the Jackets finished fourth with a three-day total of 274-288-287ù849. Matt Kuchar was the top Tech individual in the field, as he placed in a tie for seventh at 5-under-par, 70-74-67ù211. Molder (68-73-72ù213) and Matteson (68-73-72ù213) were part of a tie for 17th place at 3-under-par.
Following the Las Vegas Intercollegiate, the Jackets will take a weekend off before returning to action on March 25-27, when they travel to Austin, Texas to compete in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the Intercollegiate Austin Country Club.