ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech mens golf team is in fourth place after a solid opening round at the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event is being contested at the 6,651-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Course in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Yellow Jackets finished the first 18 holes of play with a team total of 10-under-par 278. That round was the second lowest of the year for Tech. The Jackets trail team leader Georgia (268) by 10 shots entering Saturdays second round.
Tech was led by senior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.), who carded a 3-under-par round of 34-3569 and is one of 13 players tied for 12th place. Molder trails individual leader Cody Beyer of Arizona (35-3065) by four shots after 18 holes. Joining Molder in the logjam in 12th place is junior Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), who finished with a day-one total of 36-33-69.
The remaining three Yellow Jackets in the field are all part of an 11-way tie for 25th place at 2-under-par 70. Senior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.) finished the back nine with a 34 and finished at 36-3470. Sophomore Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) used a steady round and joined the tie in 25th at 35-3570. The third member of the group is junior Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.), who matched Matteson with his opening-round score of 35-3570.
The Golf World Invitational will continue tomorrow with the second round of play and concludes on Sunday with the final round.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS1. Georgia 2682. Oklahoma State 2743. South Carolina 2774. Georgia Tech 2785. North Carolina 2796. UNLV 2837. Florida Southern 286 Clemson 286 Texas 286 Houston 286 Arizona State 28612. East Tennessee State 287 Florida 287 TCU 28715. Wake Forest 28816. New Mexico 289 Arizona 28918. Minnesota 290TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS, TECH FINISHERS1. Cody Beyer, Arizona 35-30-652. Erik Compton, Georgia 33-33-66 Anders Hultman, Okla. St. 32-34-664. Nick Cassini, Georgia 32-35-67 Ryan Hybl, Georgia 34-33-67 John Bloomfield, S. Carolina 34-33-67 J.C. DeLeon, Okla. St. 34-33-678. Kyle Thompson, S. Carolina 35-33-68 Steve Sokol, Fla. So. 35-33-68 Tyler Mays, UNLV 34-34-68 Bryant Odom, Georgia 34-34-68GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALST12. Bryce Molder 34-35-69 Matt Weibring 36-33-69T20. Wes Latimer 36-34-70 Troy Matteson 35-35-70 Kris Mikkelsen 35-35-70