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Jackets Trail Tide by Eight Shots at Puerto Rico

Feb. 26, 2006

ATLANTA –

Roberto Castro and Cameron Tringale paced Georgia Tech Sunday by posting scores of two-under-par 70, but the No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets stand in seventh place with an even-par 288 team score after one round of the Puerto Rico Classic golf tournament.

The good news for Tech is that the Jackets and the six teams ahead of them are all within eight shots of one another at the Westin Rio Mar Resort’s River Course. Alabama shot the best round of the day (280) and has a one shot lead over top-ranked Georgia. Fourth-ranked Florida is in third at 284, followed by Arizona State at 285, Texas at 286 and Purdue at 287.

“We made a lot of birdies, but we had to count too many double bogeys as well today,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “Hopefully, we can clean that up a little over the next two days. You don’t want to spot those guys that many shots.”

Castro and Tringale are tied for 10th place, two shots off the pace. Brett Stegmaier of Florida, Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State, Brendon Todd of Georgia, Farren Keenan of Texas and Larry Park of Arizona State are tied for the individual lead at 68.

Tech junior Kevin Larsen shot 73 and is tied for 34th place, Mike Barbosa shot 75 and is tied for 51st, and Taylor Hall carded a 78 and is tied for 69th.

PUERTO RICO CLASSICWestin Rio Mar Resort - River CourseRio Grande, Puerto RicoFirst Round Results

TEAM LEADERS Alabama 280 (-8) Georgia 281 Florida 284 Arizona State 285 Texas 286 Purdue 287 Georgia Tech 288 Northwestern 291 Oklahoma State 291 East Tennessee St. 292

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Brett Stegmaier, Florida 68 (-4) Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 68 Brendon Todd, Georgia 68 Farren Keenan, Texas 68 Larry Park, Arizona State 68

GEORGIA TECH SCORES Roberto Castro (T10) 70 (-2) Cameron Tringale (T10) 70 Kevin Larsen (T34) 73 Mike Barbosa (T51) 75 Taylor Hall (T69) 78

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