Sept. 30, 2008
Cameron Tringale shot a 72 and Chesson Hadley a 74 Tuesday to post top-20 finishes, and Georgia Tech completed 54 holes in a tie for seventh place at the PING/Golfweek Preview Classic in Toledo, Ohio.
As scores rose for everyone Tuesday at the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club, Tech posted an 11-over-par total of 295. The 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets tied Clemson for seventh place at 22-over 874 for the tournament, 31 shots behind runaway winner Oklahoma State (9-under 843). Thirteen of the 15 teams in the field are ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.
“The wind blew probably 15 to 20 miles an hour and it rained, which is enough to make you miss a few more greens and a few more putts,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “It was a test today. But it was a really good field and a great learning experience for our guys. When we get back here we know what to expect, and we’ve got some things to work on when we get back. If we get back here and finish seventh to advance to match play, then we’ll be happy.
Tennessee (7-over) finishes 16 shots behind the Cowboys, while Georgia (9-over) took third, Southern California (15-over) fourth, Alabama (16-over) fifth and Arizona State (18-over) sixth.
Tringale, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., finished in a tie for 13th individually at 1-over 214, while Hadley, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., tied for 17th at 4-over 217 in his first tournament of the year. John-Tyler Griffin, who tied for 38th at 10-over 224, and David Dragoo, who tied for 42nd at 11-over 225, shot 75 and 74, respectively, Tuesday to count for Tech. True freshman James White shot 83 and tied for 71st at 22-over 235.
Freshman Morgan Hoffman of Oklahoma State and Robin Wingardh of Tennessee tied for medalist honors at 6-under 208. Hoffman fired a 72 Tuesday, while Wingardh shot 71.
Tech’s next action is the Brickyard Intercollegiate Oct. 11-13 in Macon, Ga.
PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW CLASSICInverness Club, Toledo, OhioFinal Results
TEAM STANDINGS Oklahoma State, 282-277-284–843 (-9) Tennessee, 284-283-292–859 (+7) Georgia, 290-285-286–861 (+9) Southern California, 286-291-290–867 (+15) Alabama, 294-288-286–868 (+16) Arizona State, 292-292-286–870 (+18) Clemson, 294-281-299–874 (+22) Georgia Tech, 296-283-295–874 (+22) Florida, 291-297-291–879 (+27) Florida State, 299-292-295–886 (+34) Tennessee-Chattanooga, 299-300-294–893 (+41) Charlotte, 296-296-302–894 (+42) Texas A&M, 296-306-293–895 (+43) Kent State, 299-292-306–897 (+45) Toledo, 314-299-310–923 (+71)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State, 69-66-72–207 (-6) Robin Wingardh, Tennessee, 69-67-71–207 (-6) Trent Leon, Oklahoma State, 70-73-66–209 (-4) Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State, 68-69-73–210 (-3) Bud Cauley, Alabama, 75-68-68–211 (-3) Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State, 70-70-71–211 (-3) Kyle Stanley, Clemson, 69-68-74–211 (-3) Cameron Lawrence, Tennessee, 68-69-75–212 (-2) Ben Rickett, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 71-73-68–212 (-2) Three tied at 213 (E)
GEORGIA TECH SCORES T13 Cameron Tringale, 75-67-72–214 (+1) T17 Chesson Hadley, 74-69-74–217 (+4) T38 John-Tyler Griffin, 77-71-75–223 (+10) T42 David Dragoo, 71-79-74–224 (+11) T71 James White, 76-76-83–235 (+22)