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Matteson Leads Tech Golfers to Eighth-Place Finish at Morris Williams Intercollegiate

March 18, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas – Led by a 4-under-par closing round of 68 by senior Troy Matteson, the Georgia Tech golf team improved its standing by six spots to finish in eighth at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament was contested at the par-72, 6,906-yard Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Matteson, who began the day in a tie for 41st place, climbed the individual standings by carding a quartet of birdies on the day to fire his round of 4-under-par 34-34-68. That total put Matteson among four players tied for 17th place at 1-under-par 73-74-68-215 following the conclusion of play. His total was 13 shots off the pace of individual medalist Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State, who blitzed the Austin Country Club layout for a closing round score of 7-under-par 65 to finish the event at 14-under-par 68-69-65-202.

As a team, the Yellow Jackets greatly improved their play on Tuesday, carding a round of 2-under-par 286. That allowed Tech to climb from 14th place after 36 holes to eighth place in the team standings, with its 9-over-par score of 297-290-286-873. The Jackets’ 54-hole score was 31 shots behind the pace of team champion Oklahoma State, which was steady throughout the event, finishing at 22-under-par 280-280-282-842.

Following Matteson in the individual standings was fellow senior Adam Cranford, who finished at 1-under-par over the final 36 holes of play, including a final-round 72 and was one of six players tied for 28th place at 2-over-par 75-71-72-218. Sophomore Chan Wongluekiet was the next Tech player in the field, finishing tied with two other players for 58th place at 79-70-75-224. Classmate Nicholas Thompson in 61st place followed him after his three-round score of 74-75-76-225. Freshman Thomas Jordan was the final member of the Yellow Jacket contingent, as he tied with three other players in 71st place with a score of 75-82-71-228.

Georgia Tech will next be in action on April 5 & 6, when it travels to Augusta, Ga., to compete in the Augusta State Intercollegiate. A full list of results from the Morris Williams Intercollegiate can be found at www.texassports.com.

FINAL TEAM SCORES1. Oklahoma State       280-280-282-8422. Texas        277-279-287-8433. UNLV 289-284-285-8584. TCU  294-283-286-8635. Arizona State        277-296-292-8656. Arkansas     287-296-288-8717. Tulsa        293-290-289-8728. Georgia Tech 297-290-286-8739. Baylor       296-295-285-8769. Pepperdine   298-282-296-87611. Southern Cal        295-290-292-87712. Fresno State        293-292-293-87813. Texas A&M       287-294-298-87914. BYU 295-296-290-88115. New Mexico  294-299-289-88216. Oklahoma    290-302-292-88416. North Florida       303-290-291-88418. Houston     289-303-302-894

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1. Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State 68-69-65-202 2. J.J. Wall, Texas 65-69-70-204 3. Andrew Dahl, Arkansas 66-71-71-208 3. David Inglis, Texas 70-69-69-208 5. Jason Hartwick, Texas 68-68-73-209 5. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 67-72-70-209 7. Par Nilsson, Oklahoma State 69-70-71-210 7. Nick Watney, Fresno State 70-69-71-210 9. Travis Whisman, UNLV 68-71-72-211 10. Randy Creighton, Pepperdine 74-64-74-212 10. Billy Lowry, Tulson 69-70-73-212 10. Ryan Moore, UNLV 74-70-68-212

GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T17. Troy Matteson 73-74-68-215 T28. Adam Cranford 75-71-72-218 T58. Chan Wongluekiet 79-70-75-224 T61. Nicholas Thompson 74-75-76-225 T71. Thomas Jordan 75-82-71-228

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