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Golfers Finish Sixth at Augusta

April 6, 2003

ATLANTA – Defending NCAA champion Troy Matteson and two other Georgia Tech golfers shot subpar scores in Sunday’s final round, leading the 16th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a sixth-place finish in the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational golf tournament in Augusta, Ga.

Matteson fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday and finished in a tie for eighth individually with Georgia’s David Denham, who each posted a 54-hole total of 207, nine shots under par and eight behind medalist Oliver Wilson of Augusta State, who carded an 8-under 64 for a tournament total of 17-under 199. D.J. Trahan of Clemson also shot 64 Sunday and finished second at 15-under 201, followed by James Heath of Augusta State (68-203).

Sophomore Chan Wonglukiet and freshmen Thomas Jordan had strong finishing rounds for Tech Sunday, each carding 2-under-par 70, while sophomore Nicholas Thompson matched par at 72 to give Tech a team round of 280, eight under par.

But the Jackets were could not match the pace of host Augusta State and top-ranked Clemson, who blistered the 6,875-yard, par-72 Champions Course at Forest Hills Golf Club Sunday in a combined 39 strokes under par. The Jaguars shot 267 (21 shots under par), and finished the tournament at 44-under-par 820, two shots ahead of the Tigers, who posted an 18-under round of 270 Sunday and a tournament score of 822, 42 under par.

Oklahoma State and Wake Forest tied for a distant third at 25-under-par 839, followed by Georgia in fifth at 23-under 841 and Tech in sixth at 22-under 842.

Wongluekiet tied for 25th at 4-under-par 212. Thompson tied for 29th at 3-under 213, and Adam Cranford tied for 46th at 1-over 217 (73 Sunday). Jordan tied for 60th at 3-over 219.

TEAM STANDINGSAugusta State           279-274-267-820 (-44)Clemson                 273-279-270-822 (-42)Oklahoma State          275-283-281-839 (-25)Wake Forest             276-281-282-839 (-25)Georgia                 277-283-281-841 (-23)Georgia Tech            290-272-280-842 (-22)NC State                         288-282-280-850 (-14)North Carolina          284-284-283-851 (-13)Purdue                  283-286-284-853 (-11)South Carolina          284-283-287-854 (-10)East Tennessee State    284-283-289-856 (-8)Virginia Tech           295-282-283-860 (-4)Alabama                 296-287-279-862 (-2)Duke                    286-284-295-865 (+1)Fresno State            295-289-286-870 (+6)Georgia Southern                  289-291-290-870 (+6)North Florida           300-296-285-881 (+17)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 68-67-64-199 (-17) D.J. Trahan, Clemson 66-72-64-201 (-15) James Heath, Augusta State 68-67-68-203 (-13) Jack Ferguson, Clemson 67-69-69-205 (-11) Eirik Johanson, South Carolina 72-65-68-205 (-11) Justin Walters, NC State 66-71-68-205 (-11) Chad Wilfong, Wake Forest 68-70-68-206 (-10) Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 71-68-68-207 (-9) David Denham, Georgia 69-67-71-207 (-9) Peter Karmis, Purdue 71-69-68-208 (-8)

GEORGIA TECH SCORES Troy Matteson (t8) 71-68-68-207 (-9) Chan Wongluekiet (t25) 74-68-70-212 (-4) Nicholas Thompson (t28) 77-64-72-213 (-3) Adam Cranford (t46) 72-72-73-217 (+1) Thomas Jordan (t60) 73-76-70-219 (+3)

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