April 4, 2008
– Cameron Tringale birdied his last two holes to finish with a 1-under-par 71 Friday, and Chesson Hadley and Taylor Hall each played par golf to lead No. 7 Georgia Tech to a fourth-place standing after the first round of the Administaff Augusta State Invitational Golf Tournament in Evans, Ga.
The Yellow Jackets posted an even-par 288 for their team score, four shots behind sixth-ranked UCLA (4-under 284), which is playing its second tournament on the East Coast in two weeks. North Carolina shot 2-under-par 286 and is in second place, followed by No. 22 Lamar (1-under 287.
Tringale, a junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., opened his round with a bogey at Champions Retreat Golf Club, a 7,265-yard, par 72 course outside of Augusta, then parred 15 consecutive holes before his closing birdies. He is tied with seven others in ninth place, two shots off the lead.
Hall, a junior from LaGrange, Ga., had two birdies and two bogeys in his round, while Hadley, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., posted three birdies and three bogeys in his, and both are in a logjam tied for 17th. David Dragoo, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., supplied Tech’s fourth counting round with a 1-over 73.
NC State holds fifth place in the team race at 1-over-par 289, No. 2 Georgia (+2), USC-Aiken (+3), East Tennessee State (+5), Virginia Tech (+7), South Carolina and Clemson (both +8) to round out the top 10 teams in the 18-team field.
Lucas Lee of UCLA, Chase MacFarland of North Carolina and Gareth Shaw of East Tennessee State sit atop the leaderboard individually at 3-under-par 69.