Sept. 30, 2001
ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s golf team was unable to find its scoring groove for 54 holes and opened the 2001-02 season with a 10th-place finish at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Columbus, Ohio. The 54-hole tournament featured 15 of the nation’s top teams and was contested at the par-71, 7,236-yard Scarlet Course on the campus of Ohio State University. The course will serve as the host of the NCAA Championships in June 2002.
The Yellow Jackets finished the final round of play with a team score of 16-over-par 300, to finish the tournament with a 54-hole score of 38-over-par, 294-296-300=890. That score left Tech 28 strokes off the pace of team champion Clemson, which used a birdie on the final hole to edge out Wake Forest, with a 10-over-par score of 288-283-291=862, by one shot.
Tech’s individuals in the event were led by junior Troy Matteson, who finished the tournament with a pair of 1-over-par 72s and was one of seven players tied for 19th place at 6-over-par, 75-72-72=219. Matteson finished nine shots behind individual medallist Brent Wanner of Wake Forest, who ended the tourney at 3-under-par, 69-70-71=210.
Following Matteson in the individual standings was freshman Chan Wongluekiet, who was part of a six-way tie for 37th place following his score of 10-over-par, 72-73-78=223. One shot behind him was senior Kris Mikkelsen, who tied for 43rd place with a three-day score of 73-74-77=224. Senior Matt Weibring and junior Adam Cranford were the remaining Yellow Jackets in the field, as they finished tied for 58th and 62nd with scores of 74-77-76=227 and 77-77-75=229 respectively.
Georgia Tech will return to action next weekend by competing in its only home tournament of the season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga. The 54-hole event will be held at The Farm and will feature another strong field as the Yellow Jackets will look to defend their title from the fall of 2000.