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Golf Team Earns No. 2 Seed in NCAA East Regional

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May 9, 2005

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s golf team, ranked No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in the South district (3 North), was made the No. 2 seed in the NCAA East Regional golf tournament, which will be played May 19-21 at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville, Tenn.

Georgia, ranked No. 2 nationally and the top-rated team in the Southeast district (3 South), received the top seed in the East Regional. Oklahoma State, the Big 12 champion and the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, is the top-seeded team in the Central Regional in South Bend, Ind., and UNLV, ranked fourth nationally, is the top seed in the West Regional, which is being played in Stanford, Calif. All three regionals are contested on the same weekend.

Each regional competition includes 27 teams and six individuals not on those teams, which were announced Monday by the NCAA Golf Committee. The top 10 finishers in each regional after 54 holes, as the top two individuals not on one of those teams, will comprise the 30-team field for the NCAA Division I Championship, which will be played June 1-4 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings, Mills, Md.

It is the eighth consecutive year that the Yellow Jackets have been chosen to compete in the East Regional, and the 15th time since the NCAA adopted the regional tournament format in 1989. The Jackets have never failed to advance from a regional to the NCAA Championship, and have won four regional tournaments.

Tech has one tournament victory, at the Puerto Rico Classic in early March, five runner-up finishes and two third-place efforts in 10 events this year. One of those second-place finishes occurred at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in mid-April. Four Tech players – seniors Nicholas Thompson and Chan Song, junior Mike Barbosa and sophomore Roberto Castro – made the All-ACC team, and three of those – Castro, Song and Thompson – are ranked among the top 21 collegiate players in the nation.

Joining Tech and Georgia in the East Regional field, in order of seed (national rank in parentheses), are Florida (7), Duke (10), Wake Forest (16), Tennessee (13), Georgia Southern (15), Alabama (22), Clemson (28), Georgia State (26), Coastal Carolina (39), East Tennessee State (44), Indiana (50), Central Florida (46), North Carolina (42), Louisville (40), Virginia (48), Vanderbilt, Charlotte, Penn State, UNC Wilmington, Towson, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Maryland, Army and Boston College.

Because to the strength of the districts in the region, several Southeastern teams were sent West, including eighth-ranked Augusta State and No. 11 Kentucky, which were placed in the Central Regional. Sixth-ranked Auburn, No. 20 South Carolina, LSU and South Alabama all were placed in the West Regional.

California, the 2004 national champion at Hot Springs, Va., did not make the field for either regional. The final three rounds of the 2005 championships will be televised by The Golf Channel. Daily coverage (June 2-4) will be from 3-5 p.m. EST.

EAST REGIONALGolf Club of Tennessee in Nashville, TennesseeHosted by the Southeastern Conference

Teams (seeded in the following order): 1. Georgia 2. Georgia Tech 3. Florida 4. Duke (Atlantic Coast) 5. Wake Forest 6. Tennessee 7. Georgia Southern 8. Alabama 9. Clemson 10. Georgia State (Atlantic Sun) 11. Coastal Carolina (Big South) 12. East Tennessee State (Southern) 13. Indiana 14. Central Florida 15. North Carolina 16. Louisville 17. Virginia 18. Vanderbilt 19. Charlotte 20. Penn State 21. North Carolina-Wilmington (Colonial) 22. Towson 23. Rhode Island 24. Rutgers 25. Maryland 26. Army (Patriot) 27. Boston College

Individuals: 1. Jordan Dempsey, Mississippi 2. Rob Langley, Furman 3. Michael Thompson, Tulane 4. Robert Dinwiddie, Tennessee State 5. Joe Deraney, Mississippi State 6. Chris Wheeler, Tulane

CENTRAL REGIONAL Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana Hosted by the University of Notre Dame

Teams (seeded in the following order): 1. Oklahoma State (Big 12) 2. Augusta State 3. TCU (C-USA) 4. Kentucky (SEC) 5. Texas 6. Purdue 7. Minnesota 8. Michigan State (Big Ten) 9. Oklahoma 10. Kent State (MAC) 11. Texas Tech 12. Southern Methodist (WAC) 13. Tulsa 14. Wichita State 15. Xavier (Atlantic 10) 16. Texas A&M 17. Kansas 18. Arkansas 19. Baylor 20. Notre Dame (Big East) 21. Lamar 22. Missouri 23. Kansas State 24. IUPUI (Mid-Continent) 25. Jackson State (SWAC) 26. Detroit (Horizon) 27. Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic)

Individuals: 1. Patrick Sullivan, Arkansas-Little Rock 2. Scott Anderson, Ohio State 3. Edward McGlasson, Colorado 4. Garrett Chaussard, Illinois 5. Chris Wilson, Northwestern 6. Korey Mahoney, Eastern Michigan

WEST REGIONAL Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California Hosted by Stanford University

Teams (seeded in the following order): 1. UNLV 2. New Mexico (Mountain West) 3. Auburn 4. Arizona State 5. UCLA 6. Arizona 7. Brigham Young 8. South Carolina 9. Southern California 10. Washington (Pac-10) 11. LSU 12. Pepperdine (West Coast) 13. San Diego State 14. UC Riverside (Big West) 15. St. Mary’s (California) 16. Stanford 17. Texas-Arlington (Southland) 18. Colorado State 19. Cal Poly 20. Fresno State 21. Oregon 22. Denver 23. South Alabama (Sun Belt) 24. Illinois State (Missouri Valley) 25. Samford (Ohio Valley) 26. Princeton (Ivy) 27. Central Connecticut State (Northeast)

Individuals: 1. Jeff Hood, California 2. Garrett Sapp, UC Irvine 3. David Kim, San Jose State 4. Kenny Ebalo, Southern Utah 5. Danny Bowen, New Mexico State 6. Tyler Goulding, Air Force

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