April 6, 2008
– Chesson Hadley led Georgia Tech Sunday with a 1-under par 71, and the 7th-ranked Yellow Jackets finished in a tie for sixth at the rain-shortened Administaff Augusta State Invitational in Evans, Ga.
Hadley’s 71 left him in a tie for 15th individually at 1-under-par 143, while Tech shot a 1-over 289 as a team on Sunday. David Dragoo and J.T. Griffin each shot even-par 72s on Sunday, while Cameron Tringale posted the Yellow Jackets’ fourth counting score with a 74.
UCLA ran away with the team title, burning up the 7,403-yard Champions Retreat Golf Club with a 20-under-par 268 on Sunday. The sixth-ranked Bruins finished 36 holes at 24-under 552, 16 shots better than No. 2 Georgia, which shot 10-under 278 Sunday to finish at 8-under 568 for the tournament.
East Tennessee State (7-under-par) finished third, followed by South Carolina (-3), North Carolina (-1), Tech and Lamar (each at 1-over-par).
“We had some trouble adjusting to the greens here,” head coach Bruce Heppler said, contrasting them to the faster surfaces the team encountered in tournaments in Las Vegas and at The Golf Club of Georgia. “But other than that it was not a bad performance.”
The Bruins’ Lucas Lee captured medalist honors at 10-under-par 134, followed by ETSU’s Gareth Shaw at 8-under 136. Kevin Chappell and Erik Flores of UCLA tied with Georgia’s Adam Mitchell for third place at 6-under 138.
Hadley was nine shots off the pace, but earned his eighth top-20 finish in nine events this year. Dragoo and Tringale tied for 27th individually at 1-over 145, while Griffin tied for 38th at 146. Taylor Hall tied for 60th at 149.