Sept. 28, 2001
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s golf team, much like the rest of the field, found the going difficult on the first day of play at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational and is in ninth place after 18 holes. The 54-hole tournament, which features 15 of the nation’s top teams, is being contested at the 7,239-yard, par-71 Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
The third-ranked Yellow Jackets finished the day with a team score of 10-over-par, 294, which only puts them six shots off the pace of team leader Clemson entering the second day of play. The Tigers finished the opening round with a team score of 4-over-par, 288, as no teams were able to break par on the day.
Tech individuals in the field were led on the first day by rookie Chan Wongluekiet, who is part of an eight-way tie for 13th place after carding a 1-over-par score of 37-35-72. Wongluekiet made three birdies on the inward nine to finish at even par on the back nine and preserve the 1-over-par score. He trails a group of three golfers in the lead of the event that carded 2-under-par scores of 69 on the opening day by three shots. The group includes Cody Freeman of Oklahoma, Jason Hartwick of Texas and Brent Wanner of Wake Forest.
Joining Wongluekiet in the top 25 is senior Kris Mikkelsen, who is part of a seven-way tie for 21st place after he finished the first round with a score of 2-over-par, 38-35-73. One shot behind Mikkelsen is fellow senior Matt Weibring, who is one of ten players tied for 28th place at 3-over-par, 39-35-74. The next Tech individual in the event is junior Troy Matteson, who is part of a ten-player logjam for 38th place at 4-over-par, 37-38-75. The final member of the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field is junior Adam Cranford, who is one of nine players tied for 55th place at 6-over-par, 40-37-77.
The Ping/Golfweek Preview will continue on Saturday with the second round of play and conclude on Sunday with the final 18 holes. Live scoring of the event can be obtained at live.golfstat.com
1. Clemson 288
2. Wake Forest 289
3. Oklahoma State 290
6. East Tennessee State 292
Virginia Tech 292
9. Georgia Tech 294
10. Florida 296
12. Ohio State 300
13. Augusta State 302
14. Arizona State 306
1. Jason Hartwick, Texas 34-35-69
Brent Wanner, Wake Forest 35-34-69
Cody Freeman, Oklahoma 36-33-69
4. Jack Ferguson, Clemson 36-34-70
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 36-34-70
Brendon De Jonge, Va. Tech 34-36-70
7. Six players tied at 71
Georgia Tech Individuals
T13. Chan Wongluekiet 37-35-72
T21. Kris Mikkelsen 38-35-73
T28. Matt Weibring 39-35-74
T38. Troy Matteson 37-38-75
T55. Adam Cranford 40-37-77