OPELIKA, Ala. (June 3) – The Georgia Tech golf team made a strong charge on the final day of play but came up short in a two-team playoff with Oklahoma State and finished second at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship for the second time in school history. The 72-hole event was played at the par-72, 7003-yard, Grand National Golf Club’s Lake Course in Opelika, Ala.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead in the tournament after 16 holes, but dropped a shot and forced the playoff with a 12-under-par round of 276 on the final day. In the playoff, Tech was unable to match Oklahoma State’s total of 1 under par, as the Cowboys’ J.C. DeLeon had the lone birdie on the extra hole to provide the difference. The Jackets finished the tournament with a team total of 280-282-278-276=1116. The 36-under-par total was the lowest in school history for Tech at the NCAAs, eclipsing the previous low of 1122 in 1998.
The Tech individuals in the field were led by sophomore Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), who carded a final-round score of five-under-par 67, and he finished alone in sixth place at 12-under-par 71-71-67-67=276. His total put him 11 shots off the pace of individual champion Charles Howell of Oklahoma State, who finished with a tournament-record, 23-under-par 67-66-63-69=265.
Joining Weibring in the event’s top-20 was senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.), who was part of a five-way tie in 15th place at 6-under-par 74-70-68-70=282. Also in the group at 6 under par was junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.), who had a four-day total of 69-72-71-70=282. Senior Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) was the fourth Tech player to finish in the top 20, as he was one of four players tied for 20th place at 5-under-par 67-70-72-74=283.
The final member of the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field was freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Tex.), who was one of four players in 30th place at 3-under-par 73-71-72-69=285.
FINAL TEAM RESULTS1. Oklahoma State * 281-276-275-284=11162. Georgia Tech 280-282-278-276=11163. Arizona 286-289-269-274=11184. Houston 284-289-277-272=11225. Texas 272-286-277-290=11256. UNLV 272-286-277-281=11317. Clemson 291-287-277-278=11338. Northwestern 287-293-279-291=11399. Kent State 288-283-279-280=114110. North Carolina 288-282-278-295=114311. TCU 289-289-281-287=114612. Minnesota 290-290-282-287=114913. Fresno State 293-285-279-297=115414. Auburn 290-288-288-295=116115. Wake Forest 292-290-295-292=1169 Won Playoff
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS, GEORGIA TECH PLAYERS 1. Charles Howell, Oklahoma State 67-66-63-69=265 2. Chris Morris, Houston 71-69-67-66=273 3. Jess Daley, Northwestern 69-70-69-67=275 Ricky Barnes, Arizona 70-68-68-69=275 David Gossett, Texas 63-70-66-76=275 6. Matt Weibring, Georgia Tech 71-71-67-67=276 7. Any Sanders, Houston 74-70-67-66=277 Luke Donald, Northwestern 70-72-68-67=277 9. James Driscoll, Virginia 68-71-71-68=278 10. Michael Kirk, UNLV 70-72-68-69=279 Jeremy Anderson, UNLV 69-68-69-73=279
GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T 15. Carlton Forrester, Georgia Tech 74-70-68-70=282 T 15. Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 69-72-71-70=282 T 20. Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech 67-70-72-74=283 T 30. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 73-71-72-69=285