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Golf Team Ties for Third in NCAA Regional, Advances to National Championship

May 20, 2006

Chardon, Ohio –

Kevin Larsen and Roberto Castro paced Georgia Tech with one-under-par 70s on Saturday as the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets posted an even-par 284 and finished in a tie for third place at the NCAA Central Regional in Chardon, Ohio.

Tech, the No. 2 seed in the regional and the fourth-ranked team in the nation, thus qualified for the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship May 31-June 3 in Sunriver, Ore. Oklahoma State captured the regional title by 16 strokes over Northwestern after shooting a four-under-par 280 Saturday and finishing with a 54-hole total of 845. Northwestern finished at 861, while Tech tied with Texas A&M at 867.

Other qualifiers included Lamar (869), Minnesota (874), Oklahoma (877), Clemson (881), Duke (883) and Kentucky (884).

Complete Final Results

The Yellow Jackets’ 284 total Saturday was the second-low score of the day. Castro survived a pair of double bogeys on his front nine by posting five birdies on his card. Larsen played steady, even par going out with two birdies and a bogey coming in.

Freshman Cameron Tringale shot a 72 Saturday to finish at one-over 214 for the tournament, the Yellow Jackets’ best 54-hole score, and tied for fourth place individually, nine shots off the pace of Jonathan Moore of Oklahoma State (67 – 205). It was fifth top-10 finish of the year, fourth this spring, for the ACC individual champion.

Larsen finished at three-over 217, tying for 14th place, while Castro tied for 30th at seven-over 220. Mike Barbosa shot a 72 Saturday and tied for 37th overall at 221, and freshman Taylor Hall posted a 73 Saturday for a 54-hole total of 226.

NCAA CENTRAL REGIONALSand Ridge Golf Club, Chardon, OhioFinal Results

TEAMS QUALIFYING FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP Oklahoma State 280-285-280 – 845 (-7) Northwestern 281-293-287 – 861 Georgia Tech 295-288-284 – 867 Texas A&M 284-291-292 – 867 Lamar 286-295-288 – 869 Minnesota 291-292-291 – 874 Oklahoma 292-298-287 – 877 Clemson 296-294-291 – 881 Duke 286-301-296 – 883 Kentucky 291-302-291 – 884

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T4 Cameron Tringale 71-71-72 – 214 (+1) T14 Kevin Larsen 69-78-70 – 217 T30 Roberto Castro 77-73-70 – 220 T37 Mike Barbosa 78-71-72 – 221 T68 Taylor Hall 80-73-73 – 226

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