Golfers Move Uo to Third at U.S. Collegiate

March 25, 2008

Alpharetta, Ga. – Georgia Tech’s Cameron Tringale shot a 1-under-par 71 Tuesday, while 10th-ranked Georgia Tech fired a 2-over-par 290 and move up into a tie for third, five shots off the lead after 36 holes of the United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets moved up from seventh place with balanced scoring, including an even-par 72 from JT Griffin, a 73 from Chesson Hadley and a 74 from Taylor Hall.

Defending national champion Jamie Lovemark fired a 3-under-par 69 Monday, lifting Southern California into the team lead heading into Wednesday’s final round. The Trojans are at 5-over 581 for two rounds, while Alabama has a 36-hole total of 7-over 583. Host Georgia Tech, the nation’s 10th-ranked team, shot 290 Tuesday and moved into a tie for third place at 10-over 586 with fifth-ranked Oklahoma State (294 Tuesday), five shots behind the leaders.

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Matthew Giles shot even-par 72, while teammates Rory Hie and Tim Sluiter added 73s for the sixth-ranked Trojans, who posted a 1-under-par team round of 287 and took a two-shot lead over top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide shot 1-over 289 for the round, getting a pair of 71s from Matthew Swan and Gator Todd.

Oklahoma State’s Trent Leon, part of a four-way tie after the opening round, assumed the individual lead after firing a second consecutive 69 and finishing 36 holes at 6-under-par 138. He has a two-stroke lead on Tringale, who opened with a 69 and stands at 4-under 140.

The Cowboys’ Rickie Fowler (70) and Georgia State’s Joel Sjoholm (73) are tied for third at 2-under 142, while Lovemark is in a tie for fifth place with Todd and Charlotte’s Corey Nagy (71) at 1-under 143.

First-round leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA shot 75 and fell back into a tie for eighth, while the Bruins, the team leader after 18 holes, fell into fifth place as a team.

Florida State is in sixth at 16-over-par, followed by Georgia State at 18-over and Texas A&M at 21-over. East Tennessee State and Georgia are in a tie for ninth at 24-over.

Leon’s 69 and Fowler’s 70 made up for the Cowboys’ having to count a 77 (Kevin Tway) and a 78 (Jon McLean) on Tuesday. The Bruins had to count a 79 from Jason Kang.

Russell Henley shot 71 for the Bulldogs, who struggled as team with a 74 from Hudson Swafford, a 75 from Brian Harman and a 78 from Adam Mitchell as counting scores.

Though the start of the second round was delayed 1-1/2 hours because of frost, weather conditions were appreciably better Tuesday, with clear skies, calm winds and temperatures approaching 60 degrees.

Wednesday’s final round begins at 9 a.m., and the three leading teams tee off beginning at 10:20 a.m. Georgia Tech’s players tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the first tee.

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