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Golf Team Reaches Final of Hooters Match Play

Nov. 12, 2005

ATLANTA – Mike Barbosa and David Dragoo each won his third straight match Saturday, lifting Georgia Tech to a 3-1-1 victory over Stanford in the semifinals of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The Yellow Jackets, seeded third in this event and ranked third in the country, is in the finals for the second straight year. They will face top-ranked and top-seeded Georgia in Sunday’s title match at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort. The Bulldogs reached the championship by defeating Arizona, 3-2, on Saturday.

Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s match, which begins at 8:30 a.m., the teams will finish 1-2 for the third time in five fall events. Each team has a first-place finish in the previous two such tournaments.

Dragoo, a freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., who easily won his matches in Friday’s first two rounds, never trailed Saturday against Matt Savage and took a 3 and 2 victory. Barbosa, a senior from St. Petersburg, Fla., also remained unbeaten in the tournament with a 1-up victory over Zack Miller. Down three holes with seven to play, Barbosa won three straight holes to square the match and clinched the victory when Miller bogeyed the final hole.

Taylor Hall, a freshman from LaGrange, Ga., improved to 2-1 in the tournament by defeating Matt Shin, 3 and 1, leading from the sixth hole on. Freshman Adam Cohan (Wayne, Pa.), 2-0-1 in the tournament, halved his match with Kyle Gentry after rallying from a two-hole deficit with three to play, and freshman Cameron Tringale (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), also 1-1-1, lost to Rob Grube, 4 and 3.

For complete results, go to Golfstat.com

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