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Jackets Tie for Fourth at U.S. Collegiate Golf

April 11, 2007

Alpharetta, Ga. –

Cameron Tringale shot an even-par 70, and Roberto Castro a 74 to pace Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets couldn’t come up with enough good scores in the final round and slipped to a tie for fourth place with Georgia State at the United States Collegiate Golf Championship.

The 14th-ranked Jackets posted a team total of 298, 10 over par, Wednesday and finished 54 holes at 32-over-par 896, 12 shots behind top-ranked Georgia, who won the tournament going away.

Tringale, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., birdied two of the last four holes and played the back nine two shots under par to finish in a tie for eighth place individually. His tournament score of 5-over-par 221 was six shots behind medalist Webb Simpson of Wake Forest (1-under 215). Tringale posted his third top-10 finish in four spring tournaments.

Castro, a senior from Alpharetta, finished at 6-over 222, tying for 10th place and logging fifth consecutive top-10 showing dating back to the fall.

Senior Kevin Larsen shot 77 Wednesday and wound up in a tie for 24th (226), while sophomore David Dragoo, playing as an individual, shot 79 and finished in a tie for 36th, his best career effort.

Freshman Chesson Hadley also tied for 36th in the end after carding a 75 Wednesday, while sophomore Taylor Hall finished 53rd after his 77 in the final round.

Georgia used a strong front nine to open a double-digit lead, receiving steady performances from all five of its players in the final round Wednesday to run away with the team title.

Webb Simpson of Wake Forest, who finished off a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday with a birdie at his final hole, took medalist honors by three shots over the Bulldogs’ Hudson Swafford. Simpson, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., finished 54 holes at 1-under 215, while Swafford carded an even-par 72 Wednesday to finish at 2-over 218.

The Bulldogs, who shot a 293 to win by eight shots over UCLA, played the front nine four strokes under par despite cold, rainy conditions at the 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course. Georgia finished the tournament at 20-over-par 884. The Bruins began the day in a tie for sixth and advanced four positions after posting a 2-over 290, the second best score of the tournament, and finished 54 holes at 28-over par.

The Demon Deacons finished third at 30-over-par, while Georgia Tech and Georgia State tied for fourth place at 32-over-par. Clemson fell from second after 36 holes to sixth place at 34-over-par.

Simpson, who lost this tournament on the last hole a year ago after a final-round 77, started at No. 10 and played his second nine in 2-under-par.

Many of the teams in the field this week will return for the NCAA East Regional which will be staged at The Golf Club of Georgia May 17-19. Tech’s next task will be defending its 2006 conference title when it competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, Apr. 20-22 at New London, N.C.

UNITED STATES COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPThe Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside Course), Alpharetta, Ga.Final Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 Georgia 296 295 293 884 +20 2 UCLA 299 302 291 892 +28 3 Wake Forest 296 305 293 894 +30 T4 Georgia Tech 292 306 298 896 +32 T4 Georgia State 298 302 296 896 +32 6 Clemson 292 301 305 898 +34 7 East Tennessee St. 300 305 294 899 +35 T8 Alabama 299 313 289 901 +37 T8 Oklahoma State 298 302 301 901 +37 10 Florida 305 298 300 903 +39 11 Brigham Young 310 297 302 909 +45 12 Southern California 304 301 305 910 +46 13 Texas 305 312 299 916 +52 14 TCU 309 306 302 917 +53 15 Florida State 310 306 305 921 +57

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Webb Simpson, Wake Forest 72 72 71 215 -1 2 Hudson Swafford, Georgia 74 72 72 218 +2 T3 Chris Kirk, Georgia 70 77 72 219 +3 T3 Chris McCartin, Wake Forest 72 73 74 219 +3 T3 Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State 71 75 73 219 +3 T6 Kevin Chappell, UCLA 73 75 72 220 +4 T6 Ryan Posey, Oklahoma State 76 75 69 220 +4 T8 Rhys Davies, East Tennessee St. 76 73 72 221 +5 T8 Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech 72 77 72 221 +5 T10 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 74 74 74 222 +6 T10 Lucas Lee, UCLA 74 75 73 222 +6 T12 Kyle Stanley, Clemson 78 74 71 223 +7 T12 Daniel Summerhays, Brigham Young 71 75 77 223 +7 T12 Michael Thompson, Alabama 74 77 72 223 +7 T12 Brendon Todd, Georgia 73 76 74 223 +7 T16 Tanner Ervin, Clemson 70 74 80 224 +8 T16 Seamus Power, East Tennessee St. 75 78 71 224 +8 T16 Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee St. 72 78 74 224 +8 T16 Ben Taylor, Georgia State 73 73 78 224 +8 T20 Tyler Brown, Florida 77 75 73 225 +9 T20 Billy Horschel, Florida 75 74 76 225 +9 T20 Daniel Im, UCLA 75 78 72 225 +9

OTHER GEORGIA TECH SCORES T24 Kevin Larsen 72 77 77 226 +10 T36 David Dragoo * 73 76 79 228 +12 T36 Chesson Hadley 74 79 75 228 +12 53 Taylor Hall 76 78 77 231 +15 T56 Adam Cohan * 75 80 78 233 +17 72 Daniel Bowden * 80 80 79 239 +23 *played as an individual

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