Oct. 27, 2008
Windermere, Fla. – Freshman Minghao Wang shot a 2-under-par 70, and Georgia Tech played even-par golf Monday in rising to sixth place after 36 holes of the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational golf tournament.
Wang, a native of China who attended high school in Reunion, Fla., birdied two par-4s and a par-5 to counter one bogey on the back nine of his fourth collegiate round, one day after posting a non-counting 79 on the 7,544-yard Isleworth Golf and Country Club course.
Cameron Tringale shot an even-par 72, while John-Tyler Griffin and Chesson Hadley each carded 73s in giving Tech an ever-par round of 288. At 11-over-par for 36 holes, Tech was unable to shave strokes off the lead, however, after Georgia burned up Isleworth with an 11-under-par score of 277 for the round. The Bulldogs, at 5-under-par for the tournament, have a three-stroke lead on Indiana (2-under-par).
“Great round for Ming today,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “He’s a very positive kid. He stayed composed and competitive. He putted much better today, and had a very good round. Cameron is hitting the ball very well.”
First-round leader Alabama is third at 2-over-par, followed by Southern California (3-over), Texas Tech (10-over), and Georgia Tech (11-over). Only nine strokes separate the fifth and 11th-place (Illinois) teams.
Tringale, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., is tied for eighth place individually at 1-under-par 143, five shots off the lead of Georgia’s Russell Henley, who shot 67 to complete 36 holes at 6-under-par 138.
Tringale played the back nine in 2-under-par with no bogeys. Griffin birdied 17 and 18 to finish his round, and Hadley rallied with birdies on three of his last six holes, helping the Jackets play the incoming nine at 3-under-par after a poor start.
“After that start, I was proud of how the guys fought back,” said Heppler. “Good things happened after the first three holes because they were playing for their teammates. Hopefully, that’s a good sign that we can come out tomorrow and finish out the fall strong.”
Tech tees off at 8:45 a.m. for Tuesday’s final round.
ISLEWORTH-UCF COLLEGIATE INVITATIONALIsleworth Golf and Country Club, Windermere, Fla.Second-Round Results
TEAM STANDINGS Georgia (-5), Indiana (-2), Alabama (+2), Southern California (+3), Texas Tech (+10), Georgia Tech (+11), Texas (+13), Stanford (+17), Oklahoma State (+17), Illinois (+19), LSU (+22), South Carolina (+23), Charlotte (+24), UCLA (+24), Arizona (+28), Kentucky (+33), Central Florida (+34)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Russell Henley, Georgia (-6); Jorge Campillo, Indiana (-5); Alex Martin, Indiana (-4); Matthew Swan, Alabama (-4); Hudson Swafford, Georgia (-3); Matthew Giles, Southern California (-3), Kyle Stanley, Clemson (-2); Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech, three others tied at -1.