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Four Tech Golfers Earn All-ACC Honors

May. 2, 2005

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech, which has the nation’s third-ranked golf team, placed four of its players on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf team announced Monday following a vote of the league’s head coaches. It is the first time Tech has ever placed four players on the team and the fifth time it has placed as many as three.

Senior Nicholas Thompson earned All-ACC honors for the third straight year, while senior Chan Song, freshman of the year in 2002, and sophomore Roberto Castro, freshman of the year last season, earned honors for the second straight year. Junior Mike Barbosa earned all-conference honors for the first time.

Tech’s four players all rank among the ACC’s top seven in scoring average, while Castro, Thompson and Song each rank among the nation’s top 20 individuals in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

ACC champion Duke placed two players on the All-ACC team as well as Player and Coach of the Year honors. Duke juniors Ryan Blaum and Nathan Smith both earned All-Conference honors for the second straight year.

Blaum, the 2005 ACC individual medalist, was named ACC Player of the Year, while Wake Forest’s Webb Simpson was named the 2005 Freshman of the Year. Duke’s Rod Myers, who led his team to their first ACC championship since 1966, was named ACC Coach of the Year.

Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest were each represented by two players from their respective universities. Clemson’s Jack Ferguson is a third-time honoree while teammate Brent Delahoussaye captured all-conference honors for the first time. Virginia was represented by senior Kevin O’Connell and junior Brad Tilley, both first-time selections. Kyle Reifers, a junior from Wake Forest, made the team for the second straight year and teammate Webb Simpson, a freshman was a first-year honoree. North Carolina sophomore Martin Ureta captured All-Conference honors for the first time.

2005 All-ACC Men’s Golf Team

Name                 School           Yr.   HometownBrent Delahoussaye   Clemson          Sr.   Greenville, S.C.Jack Ferguson        Clemson          Sr.   Seneca, S.C.Ryan Blaum           Duke             Jr.   Coral Gables, Fla.Nathan Smith         Duke             Jr.   Santa Cruz, Calif.Mike Barbosa         Georgia Tech     Jr.   St. Petersburg, Fla.Roberto Castro       Georgia Tech     So.   Alpharetta, Ga.Chan Song            Georgia Tech     Sr.   Orlando, Fla.Nicholas Thompson    Georgia Tech     Sr.   Coral Springs, Fla.Martin Ureta         North Carolina   So.   Santiago, ChileKevin O'Connell      Virginia         Sr.   Potomac, Md.Brad Tilley          Virginia         Jr.   Chappaqua, N.Y.Kyle Reifers         Wake Forest      Jr.   Columbus, OhioWebb Simpson         Wake Forest      Fr.   Raleigh, N.C.

Player of the Year — Ryan Blaum, Duke

Freshman of the Year — Webb Simpson, Wake Forest

Coach of the Year — Rod Myers, Duke

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