Nov. 9, 2001
ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech golf team joined the rest of the field in being unable to find red numbers on the first day of play at the Long Cove Invitational, and is among three teams tied for seventh place after 18 holes of play. The three-day event, which replaced the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational, is being contested at the par-71, 7,026-yard Long Cove Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Yellow Jackets finished the first round with a team score of 13-over-par 297, and are tied with Virginia Tech and Southern California in seventh place, nine shots off the pace of team leader Texas. The Longhorns had the low team round of the day by four shots, finishing with a 4-over-par total of 288. That score, leads second-place Clemson (292) and Oklahoma State (292) by four shots entering Saturday’s second round.
In individual play, Tech freshman Chan Wongluekiet was the Jackets’ top performer on day one, as he carded a 1-over-par score of 72 and is one of eight players tied for ninth place at 34-38-72. That score puts him five shots behind individual leader Bill Haas of Wake Forest, who blitzed the course for an opening-round score of 4-under-par 32-35-67.
The next Yellow Jacket individual in the field is senior Matt Weibring, who is one shot back of Wongluekiet in 17th place after his opening round of 2-over-par, 38-35-73 and is tied with seven other players. Following Weibring is junior Troy Matteson, whose opening-round score of 5-over-par 38-38-76, places him in a ten-way tie for 40th place. Joining Matteson in that group is senior Kris Mikkelsen, and freshman Nick Thompson, who opened with matching score of 39-37-76.
The Long Cove Invitational will resume on Saturday with the second round of play and conclude on Sunday with the final 18 holes of competition.
TEAM SCORES AFTER 18 HOLES 1. Texas 288 2. Clemson 292 Oklahoma State 292 4. Purdue 293 5. Georgia 294 6. Wake Forest 295 7. Georgia Tech 297 Virginia Tech 297 Southern California 297 10. Oklahoma 299 Arizona State 299 12. Houston 300 Augusta State 300 14. New Mexico 306 15. West Florida 310
TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS AND TECH INDIVIDUALS 1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 32-35-67 2. David Oh, USC 34-34-68 3. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 33-36-69 Hunter Mahan, Okla. St. 37-32-69 Matt Brost, Texas 34-35-69 6. Ryan Hybl, Georgia 37-34-71 Lee Williamson, Purdue 35-36-71 Jack Ferguson, Clemson 37-34-71 9. Chan Wongluekiet, Ga. Tech 34-38-72 Seven other players tied at 72
GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T17. Matt Weibring 38-35-73 T40. Troy Matteson 38-38-76 T40. Kris Mikkelsen 39-37-76 T40. Nick Thompson 39-37-76