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Castro, Larsen Pace Golf Team in Las Vegas

March 9, 2007

ATLANTA –

Roberto Castro shot a two-under-par 70 Friday and Kevin Larsen added a 71 to lead Georgia Tech into third place after 18 holes at the Southern Highlands Collegiate golf tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Tech, ranked 17th in the nation, bunched its scores together Friday, getting an even-par 72 from freshman Chesson Hadley and a 73 from sophomore Cameron Trinale in posting a team total of 286, two strokes under par and four back of 13th-ranked UCLA (282). No. 6 Georgia is in second place at 3-under 285.

Castro, a senior from Alpharetta, Ga., opened his round with four birdies and an eagle on the front side before settling back to his 70, which placed him in a tie for seventh individually, three shots behind Martin Piller of Texas A&M (5-under 67). Larsen, a senior from Santa Barbara, Calif., scored a hole-in-one on the par 3 12th hole in his round and is in a group of six players tied for ninth place.

Hadley, a freshman from Raleigh, N.C., who has made the travel squad in each of Tech’s three spring events, closed fast with three birdies in the last six holes and is tied for 15th place. Tringale, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., is tied for 21st with his 73.

Piller has a one-shot lead over UCLA’s Kevin Chappell and Georgia’s Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd, who each shot 68 Friday. Billy Horschel of Florida and Lucas Lee of UCLA are tied for fifth place after shooting 69.

The second round is set for Saturday, with the final 18 holes scheduled for Sunday. Live scoring is available at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/index.cfm?tournament_id=947

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS COLLEGIATESouthern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.First Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 UCLA 282 -6 2 Georgia 285 -3 3 Georgia Tech 286 -2 4 Arizona State 290 +2 5 Florida 291 +3 6 Minnesota 292 +4 T7 Arizona 293 +5 Texas A&M 293 +5 9 Kentucky 294 +6 10 Oklahoma State 295 +7 11 Wake Forest 296 +8 12 Clemson 297 +9 13 Texas 298 +10 14 Washington 299 +11 15. UNLV 302 +14

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Martin Piller, Texas A&M 67 -5 T2 Kevin Chappell, UCLA 68 -4 Chris Kirk, Georgia 68 -4 Brendon Todd, Georgia 68 -4 T5 Billy Horschel, Florida 69 -3 Lucas Lee, UCLA 69 -3 T7 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 70 -2 Alex Volpenhein, Kentucky 70 -2 T9 Daniel Im, UCLA 71 -1 Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota 71 -1 Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech 71 -1 Trent Leon, Oklahoma State 71 -1 Jace Moore, Texas 71 -1 Pete Oriol, Arizona 71 -1

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T7 Roberto Castro 70 -2 T9 Kevin Larsen 71 -1 T15 Chesson Hadley 72 E T21 Cameron Tringale 73 +1 T70 Taylor Hall 78 +6

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