Oct. 21, 2007
ATLANTA – Chesson Hadley paced Georgia Tech with an even-par 72, and the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets posted a 5-over-par team total of 293 Sunday and are 13th after the first day of the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate in Windermere, Fla.
Tournament host UCF, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal shared the lead and held a one-shot advantage on Wake Forest, one of six teams that had their opening rounds delayed for 40 minutes due to inclement weather. The Knights, fifth-ranked Cowboys and ninth-ranked Trojans each shot respective scores of 284 (-4) and were among 12 teams that were able to complete their first rounds before the delay on at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.
All three of the major collegiate golf polls had at least nine squads in this year’s tournament field ranked in their respective top 25 polls prior to the three-round event.
Hadley’s even-par scored, which included a double-bogey at the par-4 16th, put him in a tie for 23rd place with 10 others, four shots off the pace. Red-shirt freshman John Tyler Griffin, playing in his first collegiate tournament, shot 1-over 73 and was tied for 34th place individually, while Taylor Hall and Cameron Tringale added counting scores of 74 for the Yellow Jackets.
Tech was one of just three teams not to have an individual break par Sunday. Fellow Atlantic Coast Conference members Florida State (286, -2) and Clemson (287, -1) were the only other squads in the 18-team field to post a score in red figures. The sixth-ranked Seminoles and Tigers were in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the team standings.
There was a three-way tie to top the individual leaderboard after UCF junior Greg Forest, Southern Cal sophomore Jamie Lovemark and East Tennessee State freshman Rhys Enoch each carded a 68 (-4) on the par-72, 7,493-yard layout. All three golfers had six birdies and two bogeys during their respective rounds.
The Yellow Jackets are paired with Arizona State and Kentucky for Monday’s second round and will tee off at 8:49 a.m.