Oct. 8, 2007
ATLANTA – Led by Cameron Tringale’s 4-under-par score 68 Monday, four players broke par as Georgia Tech shot 10-under-par 278 for the day and strengthened its hold on third place at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in Macon, Ga.
The good news is the 7th-ranked Yellow Jackets are 13 shots ahead of 4th-ranked and 4th-place South Carolina. The bad news is Tech lost ground to leaders Georgia (15-under for the day) and Clemson (12-under). The 11th-ranked Bulldogs, at 25-under-par 551 through 36 holes, are two shots ahead of the Tigers (23-under 553). Tech stands at 15-under 561, the Gamecocks at 2-under 574.
Tringale, a junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., posted his best round of the fall Monday, with five birdies in the first 17 holes before recording his only bogey at 18. The All-American has a 36-hole total of 138, 6 shots under par and four off the lead of Georgia’s Brian Harman (66–134).
Sophomore Chesson Hadley posted his second consecutive 70 Monday and is tied for 10th place at 4-under 140. Freshman Paul Haley’s 71 gave him a two-round total of 143 (1-under-par). Junior David Dragoo overcame a double-bogey at 10 with five birdies, rallying from a first-round 75 to shoot 69 Monday and is tied for 22nd at even-par 144. Taylor Hall shot an even-par 72 Monday, did not count for Tech, but is tied with Haley at 143 for 36 holes.
“They’re not trying to hide the pins. They’re being reasonable,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “It’s nice to shoot a good score. We had no idea where we were when we started the year, but we’re getting some good scores out of guys like Haley and Dragoo, who hadn’t played much before now. Cameron’s a little better than he was at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, so it’s looking pretty good right now.”
Tech’s group will tee off at 9:50 a.m. for its final round Tuesday, in the final five pairings with Georgia and Clemson.