Oct. 16, 2001
ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s golf team was unable to make a move on the final day of play and settled for a fifth-place finish at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. The 54-hole event was contested at the par-71, 6,958-yard Old Overton Golf Club.
The Yellow Jackets played well in Monday’s second round, but cold and blustery conditions on Tuesday sent scores soaring and Tech finished the final round with a team score of 15-over-par, 299. Tech finished the tournament with a team score of 16-over-par, 289-280-299-868. That total put the Jackets 17 shots off the pace of team champion Oklahoma State, which was the only team able to find any low numbers on the last day of play, carding a team round of 1-over-par, 285. The Cowboys finished as the only team in red numbers, at 1-under-par, 286-280-285-851.
Georgia Tech’s individuals in the field were led for the third time this year by junior Troy Matteson, who recorded his second-straight top-10 finish, placing seventh with a score of even-par, 70-69-74-213. That score put Matteson well behind the tourney’s co-medallists, D.J. Trahan of Clemson (70-68-67-205) and Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State (68-72-65-205).
Joining Matteson in the event’s top 10 was senior Kris Mikkelsen, who had the best round by a Tech player on Tuesday with a 1-over-par total of 73, to finish among three players in 10th place at 1-over-par, 69-72-73-214. Behind Mikkelsen in the individual standings was freshman Chan Wongluekiet, who finished as part of three-way tie for 25th place, at 75-69-76-220. One shot behind him was Yellow Jacket senior Matt Weibring, who was part of a four-player tie for 28th place at 75-70-76-221. The final member of the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field was freshman Nick Thompson, who tied for 49th place at 75-76-79-230.
The Yellow Jackets will now have some time off before returning to action on November 9-11, when they travel to Hilton Head, S.C., to compete in the Long Cove Collegiate Invitational at the Long Cove Golf Club.
Final Team Standings
1. Oklahoma State 286-280-285-851
2. Wake Forest 279-276-298-853
3. Clemson 282-285-293-860
4. Arizona 281-285-296-862
5. Georgia Tech 289-280-299-868
6. Auburn 292-293-296-871
7. Texas 284-290-302-876
9. UAB 294-290-299-883
10. Alabama 293-292-303-889
11. UNLV 296-292-306-894
12. Arizona State 288-299-313-900
Top-10 Individuals and Tech Players
1. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 70-68-67-205
Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State 68-72-65-205
3. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 71-65-71-207
4. Graeme McDowell, UAB 68-70-70-208
5. Ryan Hybl, Georgia 67-72-71-210
6. Anders Hultman, Oklahoma St. 70-72-70-212
7. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 70-69-74-213
Matt McQuillan, Oklahoma State 71-67-75-213
Reid Hatley, Arizona 70-73-70-213
10. Kris Mikkelsen, Georgia Tech 69-72-73-214
Kevin Haefner, Auburn 71-70-73-214
Lee Williams, Auburn 71-68-75-214
Georgia Tech Individuals
T25. Chan Wongluekiet 75-69-76-220
T28. Matt Weibring 75-70-76-221
T49. Nick Thompson 75-76-79-230