Sept. 14, 2003
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Despite a 12th-place finish by rookie Roberto Castro, the Georgia Tech golf team was unable to improve its play on the final day and settled for a ninth place finish at the Bank of Tennessee at The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn. The 54-hole tournament was held at the par-72, 7,147-yard Ridges Golf and Country Club.
After sitting alone in sixth place after the first day of competition, the Yellow Jackets struggled on Sunday, finishing with a team score of 14-over-par 302, to complete play in the event at 293-288-302-883. That total was well off the pace of team champion Florida, which was one of only two teams under par for the tournament, as the Gators finished at 10-under-par, 290-280-284-854.
Castro recorded a solid debut for Tech, as he remained consistent throughout the weekend, finishing among three players tied for 12th place at even-par, 72-73-71-216. That score was 10 shots behind individual medalist Bill Haas of Wake Forest, who completed play at 10-under-par, 67-68-71-206.
Joining Castro in the top 20 of the tournament was junior Chan Wongluekiet, who was one of seven players tied for 18th place after a 54-hole score of 2-over-par, 71-71-76-218. Following Wongluekiet in the individual standings was fellow junior Nicholas Thompson, who tied with two other players for 31st place at 70-73-77-220.
Georgia Tech will return to action a week from Monday, when it travels to The Homestead’s Cascades Course in Hot Springs, Va., to compete in the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational. Full tournament results from The Bank of Tennessee at The Ridges are available at www.golfstatlive.com.
FINAL TEAM RESULTS1. Florida 290-280-284-8542. TCU 294-283-282-8593. Clemson 291-288-292-871 Southern California 294-285-292-8715. South Carolina 294-292-286-8726. Georgia 289-301-284-8747. Oklahoma 293-297-287-8778. Wake Forest 293-289-299-8819. Georgia Tech 293-288-302-88310. North Carolina 304-288-294-88611. Tennessee 288-294-308-89012. Kansas 301-297-294-89213. Tulsa 295-303-295-89314. Auburn 305-294-300-89915. Alabama 299-311-291-90116. Illinois 298-302-304-90417. ETSU 300-311-294-90518. Virginia Tech 309-302-304-915
TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 67-68-71-206 2. Martin Rominger, S. Carolina 71-70-69-210 Camilo Villegas, Florida 69-70-71-210 4. James Vargas, Florida 70-70-72-212 5. Colby Beckstron, TCU 77-69-67-213 6. Jack Ferguson, Clemson 73-69-72-214 Eirik Johansen, S. Carolina 72-71-71-214 Andrew Price, Kansas 73-70-71-214 9. Three Players Tied at 215