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Golf Falls to Fifth in Puerto Rico

Feb. 28, 2009

ATLANTA –

Freshman James White led Georgia Tech for the second straight day with a 2-under-par 70 Saturday, but the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets fell back to fifth place in the team standings after a second-round 292 at the Puerto Rico Classic golf tournament.

No. 2-ranked Georgia shot an 18-under-par 270 as a team and surged to a seven-stroke lead over Clemson after 36 holes on the River Course at the Westin Rio Mar Resort. The Bulldogs have a 23-under-par total of 553, while the Tigers are at 16-under-par 560. NC State is third at 9-under 567, Oklahoma State is fourth at 8-under 568, and Tech is fifth at 4-under 572. Texas is the only other team under par at 2-under 574.

White, from Acworth, Ga., remained in a tie for third place at 6-under-par 138, tied with David May of Clemson (70 Saturday) and Harris English of Georgia (66). They are seven strokes behind Dylan Fritelli of Texas, who fired a 64 Saturday and has a 36-hole score of 13-under 131. Georgia’s Hudson Swafford is in second place at 7-under 137.

John-Tyler Griffin shot an even-par 72 Saturday and moved into a tie for 18th place at 1-under-par 143. Cameron Tringale, David Dragoo and Minghao Wang each posted 3-over-par 75s.

Tringale, tied for seventh after 18 holes, fell back to a tie for 25th at 1-over 145. Dragoo is tied for 31st at 146, and Wang is tied for 50th at 149.

The final round begins at 6:30 a.m. Eastern time Sunday.

PUERTO RICO CLASSICRio Grande, Puerto RicoSecond-Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 Georgia, U. of 283 270 553 -23 2 Clemson University 285 275 560 -16 3 North Carolina State 281 286 567 -9 4 Oklahoma State U. 286 282 568 -8 5 Georgia Tech 280 292 572 -4 6 Texas, Univ. of 294 280 574 -2 7 Florida, U. of 288 289 577 +1 8 Alabama, U. of 288 291 579 +3 9 Michigan, U. of 287 294 581 +5 10 Kent State 295 288 583 +7 11 East Tennessee St. 297 291 588 +12 12 Purdue University 292 299 591 +15 Minnesota, Univ. of 296 295 591 +15 Northwestern 294 297 591 +15 15 Virginia Tech 312 285 597 +21

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Dylan Fritelli Texas 67 64 131 -13 2 Hudson Swafford Georgia 70 67 137 -7 3 David May Clemson 68 70 138 -6 Harris English Georgia 72 66 138 -6 James White Ga. Tech 68 70 138 -6 6 Kyle Stanley Clemson 72 67 139 -5 Russell Henley Georgia 72 67 139 -5 Matt Hill NC State 69 70 139 -5 Billy Horschel Florida 71 68 139 -5

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T 3 James White 68 70 138 T 18 J.T. Griffin 71 72 143 T 25 Cameron Tringale 70 75 145 T 31 David Dragoo 71 75 146 T 50 Minghao Wang 74 75 149

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