Oct. 29, 2007
ATLANTA – Taylor Hall and Paul Haley each won their third consecutive individual matches Monday afternoon, and Georgia Tech reached the championship match of the Callaway Golf Collegiate Match Play Championship by defeating South Carolina, 3-2, in the semifinals at Greensboro, Ga.
The third-seeded Yellow Jackets, who have reached the finals for the fourth time in five appearances in this event, will face UCLA in Tuesday’s title match at 9 a.m. Tech had defeated Texas and Georgia in the first two rounds. The fourth-seeded Bruins knocked off No. 9 Florida in the other semifinal match, 3-1-1, after getting past Tennessee and Minnesota in the first two rounds.
“They might have the deepest team in college golf,” Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said of the Bruins. “They’ve had a lot of success in recruiting the last four or five years. They’re good, but so are the teams we’ve beaten, so our guys are looking forward to it.”
Hall, a junior from LaGrange, Ga., was ahead by as many as three holes with four to play in his match, but held off the Gamecocks’ Patrick Rada, 1 up, by halving the last two holes of the match. Hall had defeated Georgia’s Harris English, 3 and 2, earlier in the day and dispatched Texas’ Jace Moore, 5 and 4, in the first round.
Haley, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, edged the Gamecocks’ Paul Woodbury, 2 up, for the Jackets’ clinching point in the semifinals after having defeated Georgia’s Russell Henley and Texas’ Hector Diaz-Ceballos on Sunday.
“Taylor is playing really well, and Paul is having some success as well,” said Heppler. “Everybody has had some success here, which makes everyone feel good about what they’re doing. Chesson (Hadley) was six or seven under par for his round this afternoon, got some momentum and just kept playing well.”
Hadley, a sophomore All-American from Raleigh, N.C., improved his personal record to 2-1 by routing South Carolina’s George Bryan IV, 8 and 6, for Tech’s first point in a match between the teams’ top players. The Gamecocks scored their points with Mark Anderson’s 1 up win over Cameron Tringale and Florian Fritsch’s 2 up win over John Tyler Griffin, both matches coming down to the final hole.
GEORGIA TECH IN THECALLAWAY GOLF COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPThe Oconee Course, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Ga.
Final Round Pairings – Championship Match (3) Georgia Tech vs. (4) UCLA Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech vs. Philip Francis, UCLA Taylor Hall, Georgia Tech vs. Erik Flores, UCLA Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech vs. Kevin Chappell, UCLA Paul Haley, Georgia Tech vs. Craig Leslie, UCLA John Tyler Griffin, Georgia Tech vs. James Lee, UCLA
(3) Georgia Tech defeated (10) South Carolina, 3-2 Chesson Hadley, GT, def. George Bryan IV, SC, 8 and 6 Taylor Hall, GT, def. Patrick Rada, SC, 1 up Mark Anderson, SC, def. Cameron Tringale, GT, 1 up Paul Haley, GT, def. Paul Woodbury, SC, 2 up Florian Fritsch, SC, def. John Tyler Griffin, GT, 2 up
(3) Georgia Tech defeated (6) Georgia, 3-2 Brian Harman, UGA, def. Chesson Hadley, GT, 3 and 1 Taylor Hall, Georgia Tech def. Harris English, Georgia, 3 and 2 Cameron Tringale, GT, def. Rob Bennett, UGA, 3 and 1 Paul Haley, Georgia Tech def. Russell Henley, Georgia, 4 and 3 Adam Mitchell, Georgia def. David Dragoo, Georgia Tech, 4 and 2
(3) Georgia Tech defeated (14) Texas, 4-1 Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech def. Charlie Holland, Texas, 3 and 2 Taylor Hall, Georgia Tech def. Jace Moore, Texas, 5 and 4 Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech def. Bobby Hudson, Texas, 1-up Paul Haley, Georgia Tech def. Hector Diaz-Ceballos, Texas, 2 and 1 Kevin Schultz, Texas def. John Tyler Griffin, Georgia Tech, 1-up