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Golfers Fade to Ninth at Las Vegas

March 12, 2006

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Mike Barbosa led his team with a five-over-par 77 Sunday, but none of the other Yellow Jackets were able to break 80 as the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets dipped to a ninth-place finish at the Southern Highlands Collegiate golf tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Tech’s team score of 318 was surpassed only by New Mexico as the high score of the final round, and only one of the 15 teams was able to break 300 Sunday on the 7,510-yard, par 72 Southern Highlands Golf Club.

That team just happened to be UNLV, the host school, which turned in a 290 (two shots over par) and surged to a 10-shot victory over top-ranked Georgia. The Rebels threw out a 78 and boasted three of the top six individuals, led by Matt Kinsinger, who closed with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 214, two under par and three ahead of teammate Seung-su Han (71 – 217).

No. 2 Oklahoma State finished third, another 10 shots behind Georgia, led by Pablo Martin (73 – 218). Third-ranked Florida was fourth, followed by Clemson, Arizona State and Texas A&M, who tied for fifth place. UCLA was eighth.

Barbosa, a senior from St. Petersburg, Fla., finished with a 54-hole total of 226, 10 over par but still good for his best finish of the year, a tie for 16th place. Roberto Castro shot 80 Sunday, the highest competitive score of his collegiate career, and posted the highest 54-hole score of his career (227), but still recorded his sixth top-20 finish in seven tournaments this year.

Freshman Cameron Tringale (80 Sunday) tied for 30th place at 230, Kevin Larsen (81) tied for 36th at 231, and Taylor Hall (82) tied for 57th at 235.

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS COLLEGIATESouthern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.Final Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 UNLV 295 294 290 – 879 +15 2 Georgia 295 294 300 – 889 +25 3 Oklahoma State 299 293 307 – 899 +35 4 Florida 305 294 301 – 900 +36 T5 Clemson 301 294 307 – 902 +38 T5 Arizona State 311 288 303 – 902 +38 T5 Texas A&M 303 300 299 – 902 +38 8 UCLA 304 287 313 – 904 +40 9 Georgia Tech 297 296 318 – 911 +47 10 Duke 310 304 306 – 920 +56 11 Washington 309 302 314 – 925 +61 12 New Mexico 316 294 320 – 930 +66 13 Texas 311 317 303 – 931 +67 14 Wake Forest 315 303 316 – 934 +70 15 Arizona 322 309 312 – 943 +79

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Matt Kinsinger, UNLV 76 69 69 – 214 -2 T2 Seung-su Han, UNLV 74 72 71 – 217 +1 T2 Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 73 71 73 – 217 +1 T4 Daniel Im, UCLA 69 73 76 – 218 +2 T4 Chris Kirk, Georgia 73 67 78 – 218 +2 6 CJ Gatto, UNLV 71 75 73 – 219 +3 T7 Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona State 77 71 73 – 221 +5 T7 Ryan Blaum, Duke 73 75 73 – 221 +5 T7 Brian Duncan, Clemson 76 73 72 – 221 +5 T7 Robert Gates, Texas A&M 75 75 71 – 221 +5

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T16 Michael Barbosa 73 76 77 – 226 T20 Roberto Castro 76 71 80 – 227 T30 Cameron Tringale 78 72 80 – 230 T36 Kevin Larsen 72 78 81 – 231 T57 Taylor Hall 76 77 82 – 235

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