Oct. 1, 2006
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech and thirteen other top-25 teams gather Monday to get a peek at the site of next spring’s NCAA Championship when the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational commences at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked third in the nation this week in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll, join defending national champion Oklahoma State, Georgia, Clemson and Florida, the nation’s top five teams. Also competing are Arizona State, Brigham Young, Kentucky, Lamar, Minnesota, Texas A&M, UNLV, Wake Forest, Washington and host Virginia Commonwealth for the 54-hole event.
The PING Preview will consist of three 18-hole rounds on the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, a par-70 layout of 6,809 yards. This is the site of the 2007 NCAA Championship, which will be played May 30-June 2.
Tech, which will be represented by All-Americans Roberto Castro, Kevin Larsen and Cameron Tringale, as well as sophomores Adam Cohan and Taylor Hall, is paired with BYU and Texas A&M for Monday’s first round and will tee off at 9:10 a.m. Live scoring can be followed all three days at Golfstatresults.com.
Tech has finished in the top six in each of its first two tournaments of the fall, tying for third at its own Carpet Capital Collegiate behind Alabama and Clemson, and finishing sixth last week at the Olympia Fields Invitational, one shot behind Oklahoma State.
In each case, Tech has not had an individual in contention for medalist honors, but had all its players perform well enough to place high as a team.
Tringale, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., has paced the Yellow Jackets in each event, tying for 19th at the Carpet Capital (3-under 213) and tying for 13th at Olympia Fields (9-over 219). Castro, a senior from Alpharetta, Ga., tied for 27th at the Carpet Capital and 20th at Olympia Fields and has averaged 72.67 over six rounds. Larsen, a senior from Santa Barbara, Calif., tied for 44th and 20th, respectively, and has averaged 73.33 per round.
Hall, a sophomore from LaGrange, Ga., has played both events with a tie for 32nd snd a tie for 20th, averaging 73.00. Cohan, a sophomore from Wayne, Pa., did not play at Olympia Fields but closed the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a 68 and tied for 48th.