Oct. 9, 2007
Macon, Ga. – Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley each shot 4-under-par 68s Tuesday, and both players recorded top-10 finishes as 7th-ranked Georgia Tech finished third at the inaugural Brickyard Collegiate Championship golf tournament.
Tringale and Hadley led Tech’s final-round run at second-place Clemson, while junior Taylor Hall posted the team’s third subpar round of 71, but the Yellow Jackets fell two strokes short. Despite shooting the day’s best score of 8-under-par 280, Tech finished at 23-under-par 841, while the Tigers shot a final-round 286 and completed 54 holes at 25-under 839. Georgia, which also shot 280 Tuesday (33-under total of 831), ran away with the event, winning by eight shots over Clemson.
South Carolina (3-under 861) was a distant fourth, and Kennesaw State (6-over 870) was fifth in the final team standings.
Individually, Tringale was consistently good after a poor showing three weeks ago at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, tying for third place after rounds of 70-68-68. The All-American’s 54-hole total of 206 was 10-under-par and two strokes off the lead. The Bulldogs had the top three individual finishers, Harris English (204), Brian Harman (205) and Russell Henley (206).
“I started having more focused practices more directed to a certain thing,” said Tringale of his game plan to shake off his rough first outing. “I don’t know what happened at the last tournament. I was on a different planet. But I was a lot more focused this week. I played the par-5s pretty well this week. I hit the ball really well, and I putted good enough.”
Even four qualifying rounds leading up to the Brickyard did not give Tringale any indication he would find his game this week, he said.
“I was somewhere around seventh after two days of qualifying, so I really had to kick it into gear just to get in the top five (to play this week),” he said. “The closer we got, the better I started hitting it. I’m hitting it as well as I have since my first semester.”
Hadley, a sophomore All-American from Raleigh, N.C., also was consistent in posting his fifth straight top-10 showing. He finished sixth at 6-under 208 after rounds of 70-70-68. The tournament was a great confidence boost for Hall, a junior from LaGrange, Ga., who shot rounds of 71-72-71 for a 2-under total of 214 and a tie for 14th place. He has not finished in the top 20 since his freshman year.
Junior David Dragoo shot 73 Tuesday to count for Tech and tied for 21st place at 1-over 217, the best finish of his career, while freshman Paul Haley faded to a 79 Tuesday and a tie for 39th place at 222.
Tech’s three individuals collective shot 1-under par in the final round, Adam Cohan carding a 1-under 71 while Daniel Bowden and John Tyler Griffin posted even-par 72s. Cohan finished tied for 32nd (220), Bowden tied for 34th (221).
Tech is next in action Oct. 21-23 at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.