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Golfers Advance to Hooters Match Play Finals

Nov. 15, 2004

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State, the tournaments top two seeds, have advanced to the championship match of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, which is being played at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The top-seeded Yellow Jackets downed Texas, 3-0-2, Monday, while Oklahoma State defeated Big 12 foe Texas A&M, 4-1. Action will tee off Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Sophomore Roberto Castro and junior Mike Barbosa remained undefeated in three matches with 1-up victories over the Longhorns in the semi-final round Monday afternoon. Castro, the nation’s No. 5-ranked player from Alpharetta, Ga., downed Matthew Rosenfeld, while Barbosa, from St. Petersburg, Fla., knocked off Farren Keenan.

Chan Song, a senior from Orlando, Fla., won his second straight match after an opening round loss by defeating Texas’ Jeff Bell, 1-up, securing the match for Tech. Senior Nicholas Thompson and sophomore Kevin Larsen both halved their matches.

In the second round Monday morning, Castro defeated Henry Liaw of Arizona, 4 and 3, while Barbosa dispatched Travis Esway, 3 and 2. Song rebounded from a loss to Penn State in his first round match to defeat Nathan Lashley, 3 and 1, while Larsen secured Tech’s fourth point of the match with a 2 and 1 win over Josh Esler.

In other third round action, Clemson advanced to the consolation B final with a 3-2 win against Arizona. The Tigers will face Florida who defeated Georgia State by a tiebreaker. The teams were tied 2-2-1 after five matches but the Gators won the tiebreaker by winning eight holes overall to the Panthers five. In the consolation bracket, Penn State eliminated Kentucky and UCLA knocked out Washington. Both matches were decided 3-1-1.

Second round action, which was suspended Sunday evening due to darkness, resumed at 8 a.m. with three Big 12 teams advancing to the semifinals. Second-seeded Oklahoma State recorded a 4-1 victory against Florida while Texas’ Farren Keenan holed out from the fairway to give the Longhorns a 3-2 victory over Clemson. Texas A&M, the No. 14 seed, was the third team Big 12 squad to advance to the semifinals when it downed Georgia State, 4-1. Top-seeded Georgia Tech advanced with a 4-1 win against Arizona. In the consolation bracket, Penn State eliminated Pepperdine, Kentucky knocked out Pepperdine, Washington bounced Georgia and UCLA ousted defending national champions California.

In Tuesday morning’s action Georgia Tech will face Oklahoma State in the championship. Texas will face in-state rival Texas A&M in the consolation A final while Clemson will face Florida in consolation B and UCLA will battle Penn State in the consolation final.

HOOTERS COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPMission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.November 15, 2004

THIRD-ROUND RESULTS

Winners Bracket

(1) Georgia Tech def. (5) Texas, 3-0-2 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech def. Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas, 1-up Chan Song, Georgia Tech def. Jeff Bell, Texas, 1-up Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech halved Matthew Mills, Texas Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech def. Farren Keenan, Texas, 1-up Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech halved Shaun Goodwin, Texas

(2) Oklahoma State def. (14) Texas A&M, 4-1 Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State def. Robert Gates, Texas A&M, 2-up Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State def. Andrew Parr, Texas A&M, 4 and 3 Martin Piller, Texas A&M def. Alex Norén, Oklahoma State, 1-up Chris Clarke, Oklahoma State def. David Schultz, Texas A&M, 3 and 2 Zac Reynolds, Oklahoma State def. Jerad Harklau, Texas A&M, 2 and 1

Winners Consolation B Bracket (13) Clemson def. (8) Arizona, 3-2 (7) Florida def. (6) Georgia State, 2-2-1* *Florida wins playoff eight holes won to five

Consolation Bracket

(16) Penn State def. (4) Kentucky, 3-1-1 (7) UCLA def. (11) Washington, 3-1-1

SECOND-ROUND RESULTS (Round completed Monday morning)

Winners Bracket

(1) Georgia Tech def. (8) Arizona, 4-1 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech def. Henry Liaw, Arizona, 4 and 3 Chan Song, Georgia Tech def. Nathan Lashley, Arizona, 3 and 1 Nathan Tyler, Arizona leads def. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech, 4 and 3 Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech def. Travis Esway, Arizona, 3 and 2 Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech def. Josh Esler, Arizona, 2 and 1

(5) Texas def. (13) Clemson, 3-2 (14) Texas A&M def. (6) Georgia State, 4-1 (2) Oklahoma State def. (7) Florida, 4-1

Consolation Bracket

(16) Penn State def. (9) Purdue, 3-1-1 (4) Kentucky def. (12) Pepperdine, 3-1-1 (11) Washington def. (3) Georgia, 3-1-1 (10) UCLA def. (15) California, 3-1-1

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