Sept. 22, 2003
HOT SPRINGS, Va. – Despite a 1-over-par round of 71 by sophomore Thomas Jordan, who is tied for sixth place, the Georgia Tech golf team struggled in difficult weather conditions to stand in 11th place at 17-over-par after 18 holes of play at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Hot Springs, Va. The 54-hole event has been shortened to 36 holes due to poor playing conditions and is being held at the Homestead’s par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Course.
Cold and rainy conditions made scoring difficult for the strong field in the event, which features many of the nation’s top teams. The Yellow Jackets finished the day with a team score of 297 and are 10 shots behind team leader and top-ranked Clemson (287), as no teams in the field finished the day at par or better.
Jordan was solid for Tech on the day, carding 17 pars and a lone bogey on the eighth hole, his 17th hole, to finish the day at 1-over-par, 36-35-71. That score ties him with four other players in sixth place. He trails individual leader Kevin Silva of North Carolina (33-35-68) by three shots entering Tuesday’s final round. Silva was one of only three players to break par on the day.
Junior Nicholas Thompson is the next Yellow Jacket in the individual field, as he is one of eight players tied for 28th place at 4-over-par, 38-36-74. One stroke behind Thompson in an 11-player logjam for 36th place is rookie Roberto Castro, who finished the day with a score of 5-over-par, 39-36-75.
The Ping/Golfweek Preview will conclude on Tuesday with the final round of play. Full tournament results and live scoring of the event are available at www.golfstatlive.com.
TEAM SCORES AFTER 18 HOLES1. Clemson 2872. Augusta State 2903. North Carolina 2914. Florida 292 Wake Forest 2926. Arizona 2937. Georgia 294 UCLA 2949. Texas 296 Oklahoma State 29611. Georgia Tech 29712. Arizona State 29813. UNLV 30414. Auburn 30615. Virginia Tech 308
TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1. Kevin Silva, North Carolina 33-35-68 2. Gregg Jones, Clemson 34-35-69 Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest 34-35-69 4. John Poucher, UCLA 33-37-70 Chez Reavie, Arizona State 34-36-70 6. Thomas Jordan, Georgia Tech 36-35-71 Bill Haas, Wake Forest 34-37-71 James Heath, Augusta State 34-37-71 Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 35-36-71 Camilo Villegas, Florida 38-33-71