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Golf Team a Runner-Up at Jerry Pate National

Oct. 12, 2004

ATLANTA – Chan Song shot a four-under-par 67 and Nicholas Thompson pitched in with a 68 as four Georgia Tech players finished among the top 15 individuals, but the second-ranked Yellow Jackets fell back to a second-place finish in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate golf tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

Augusta State, one shot behind Tech and Oklahoma State after 36 holes, surged to the team title behind a 65 from Major Manning and a 66 from medalist Kalle Edberg. The Jaguars posted a 12-under-par score of 272 Tuesday for a tournament total of 825 and won by four strokes over the Jackets.

Tech’s 54-hole total of 829 was 23 shots under par. Auburn was third at 830, Georgia was fourth at 833 and Oklahoma State fell to fifth at 835.

“We’re doing all right, we just need to get a little bit better,” said head coach Bruce Heppler, whose team earned its second runner-up finish in two events this fall despite the best efforts of his two seniors, Thompson and Song.

Thompson, from Coral Springs, Fla., tied for third individually at seven-under-par 206, the second-best 54-hole score of his career. He was tied with Kevin Kisner of Georgia, who fired a 64 Tuesday, Tyler McKeever of Auburn, Mark Harrell of Alabama and Tyler Ley of Southern California.

Song tied for eighth at six-under-par 207, a career low for 54 holes and his third-highest finish in a collegiate tournament.

Roberto Castro, a sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., and Mike Barbosa, a junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., each shot even-par 71 Tuesday and tied for 10th place at five-under-par 208. Thomas Jordan, a junior from Sea Island, Ga., also shot 71 Tuesday and tied for 50th place at 218.

Edberg finished with a 54-hole total of 203 (10-under-par), two shots ahead of David Schultz of TCU, whose 69 Tuesday left him at 205.

Tech’s next tournament is Oct. 25-26 at the Isleworth Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

JERRY PATE NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATEOld Overton Club, Birmingham, Ala., par 71Final Results

TEAM STANDINGS Augusta State 275-278-272 – 825 (-27) Georgia Tech 273-279-277 – 829 (-23) Auburn 278-279-273 – 830 (-22) Georgia 268-288-277 – 833 (-19) Oklahoma State 276-276-283 – 835 (-17) Alabama 272-282-285 – 839 (-13) Texas Christian 286-277-277 – 840 (-12) Wake Forest 280-287-273 – 840 (-12) Southern Cal 280-281-286 – 847 (-5) Clemson 295-284-276 – 855 (+3) Ala.-Birmingham 288-286-286 – 860 (+8) Vanderbilt 283-298-281 – 862 (+10)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Kalle Edberg, Augusta State 68-69-66 – 203 (-10) David Schultz, TCU 69-67-69 – 205 (-8) Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 67-71-68 – 206 (-7) Tyler McKeever, Auburn 71-66-69 – 206 (-7) Kevin Kisner, Georgia 68-74-64 – 206 (-7) Mark Harrell, Alabama 66-70-70 – 206 (-7) Tyler Lea, Southern California 66-70-70 – 206 (-7) Chan Song, Georgia Tech 71-69-67 – 207 (-6) Emmett Turner, Augusta State 72-66-69 – 207 (-6)

OTHER GEORGIA TECH SCORES Roberto Castro (T-10th) 68-69-71 – 208 (-5) Mike Barbosa (T-10th) 67-70-71 – 208 (-5) Thomas Jordan (T-50th) 76-71-71 – 218 (+5)

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