Nov. 23, 2005
ATLANTA – Head coach Bruce Heppler earned midseason coach of the year honors, and junior Kevin Larsen made the 12-man midseason All-American team chosen by Golf World magazine, the magazine announced Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets, who won one of their five fall events and finished in the top four of the rest, are ranked No. 2 in the nation by the magazine after the fall season.
Heppler earned the coaching honor after Tech earned two runner-up finishes, as well as a third- and a fourth-place showing despite having as many as four freshmen competing in a given event. The Jackets reached the final of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship and nearly knocked off top-ranked Georgia in the championship match despite not having Larsen and All-American Roberto Castro in the lineup.
Larsen, a junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., who had recorded only two top-10 finishes in 21 career events prior to this season, finished in the top four individually in each of the other four fall events. He led the team in stroke average at 70.83 and ranks No. 6 in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Freshmen Taylor Hall and Cameron Tringale each had a top-10 finish and finished the fall with stroke averages under 74. Castro finished in the top 20 of all four events, posted a 71.25 stroke average and is ranked No. 9 nationally.