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Golfers Improve, Still on the Bubble

May 20, 2005

Nashville, Tenn. – Chan Song and Roberto Castro each carded 2-under-par 69s for Georgia Tech Friday, and the third-ranked Yellow Jackets posted a 1-under-par score of 283, moving into the top 10 teams heading into Saturday’s final round of the NCAA East Regional golf tournament.

Nicholas Thompson played the Golf Club of Tennessee course in 1-over 72, while Mike Barbosa contributed a 73 as Tech moved into ninth place after 36 holes.

The final 18 holes is scheduled for Saturday, and the top 10 finishers after the competition will advance to the NCAA Division I Championship, June 1-4, at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

Tech will tee off on hole No. 1 Saturday between 7:57 and 8:33 a.m.

“A couple of guys played okay, but there are still too many mistakes,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “We’re just trying too hard to get too much out of situations. Chan played well and Roberto had a good day, but we’ve played ourselves into a situation where it’s going to be an absolute dogfight to get out of here.

“The teams are just too good for us to make huge mental mistakes in judgment and decisions. There are just too many good teams to do that. We’ve made enough of them where we’ll have our hands full tomorrow, I guess. But we’ve been in enough tournaments and have enough experience where, hopefully, that will come through.”

Florida and Duke made the biggest upward moves of the day. The Gators, paced by Matt Every’s 63, posted a 14-under-par 270 and are in second place at 11-under-par 557. They are three strokes behind Wake Forest, who shot 283 behind a 68 from Sean Moore and a 69 from Kyle Reifers and have a 36-hole score of 14-under-par 554.

Georgia also shot 1-under 283 (68 from Brendon Todd, 68 from Chris Kirk) and is tied for third place at 10-under-par 558 along with Tennessee, who shot 8-under 276 Friday. Duke, led by Michael Schachner’s 63, shot 11-under 273 to move into fifth place at 8-under 560.

East Tennessee State shot 285 and is in sixth place at 2-under 566, followed by Alabama at 1-under 567 after the Crimson Tide shot 287 Friday. Georgia Southern was in 10th place in the clubhouse at 1-over 569, followed by Georgia State (7-over 291) which fell from fourth place.

North Carolina dropped from second place after the first round into a 14th place after posting a 14-over-par 298 Friday.

Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State (66-65) holds the medal lead at 11-under-par 133, one shot ahead of Schachner (10-under 134). Song is tied with two others in 11th place at 5-under-par 137, and Castro is tied for 31st at even-par 142.

The start of the second round was delayed for just over an hour Friday morning due to bad weather. Six teams and six individuals also had to complete their opening rounds after a two-hour weather delay on Thursday afternoon left them unable to finish when darkness fell.

Complete results and live scoring are available at Golfstatresults.com.

NCAA EAST REGIONALThe Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.Second-Round Results

TEAM LEADERS Wake Forest 271-283 – 554 (-14) Florida 287-270 – 557 (-11) Georgia 275-283 – 558 (-10) Tennessee 282-276 – 558 (-10) Duke 287-272 – 559 (-9)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State 66-65 – 131 (-11) Michael Schachner, Duke 69-63 – 132 (-10) Matt Every, Florida 71-63 – 134 (-8) Dustin Johnson, Coastal Carolina 65-69 – 134 (-8) Ross McGowan, Tennessee 66-68 – 134 (-8) Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest 65-69 – 134 (-8) Brendon Todd, Georgia 66-68 – 134 (-8)

GEORGIA TECH SCORES (standing as of 5 p.m. CT Friday) Chan Song (T11) 68-69 – 137 (-5) Roberto Castro (T31) 73-69 – 142 (E) Nicholas Thompson (T47) 72-72 – 144 (+2) Kevin Larsen (T71) 72-75 – 147 (+5) Mike Barbosa (T88) 77-73 – 150 (+8)

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