ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s golf team will open the 2000-01 season this weekend by competing in the 2000 Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament in Durham, N.C. The 54-hole event will be contested on September 24-26 at the 7,100-yard, par 72 Duke University Golf Club, which will also be the site of the 2001 NCAA Championship.
The field for the tournament will feature a number of the nation’s top programs, with 10 of the 15 teams having finished among the nation’s top 10 a year ago in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Georgia Tech, which finished second at the 2000 NCAA Championships finished the year ranked No.1 in the final poll and is currently fourth entering the new season according to Golfweek.
The Yellow Jackets are led by three-time first-team All-American Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.), who is coming off of a great summer that saw him reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur and win the individual medalist honors at the World Amateur Team Championship in Bad Saarow, Germany. Molder is rated as the No. 1 player in the nation by both Golfweek and Golf World entering the 2001 season.
Joining Molder in the Yellow Jacket contingent will be third-team preseason All-American Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), who was Tech’s top finisher at last year’s NCAAs with is sixth place showing.
Also in the field for Tech will be senior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.), who competed in two tournaments during the 2000 season. He will be joined by junior Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.) and sophomore Adam Cranford (Augusta, Ga.), who will be competing in his first tournament as a Yellow Jacket.
Scoring for the event will be posted on www.goduke.com, with daily recaps appearing on www.ramblinwreck.com.