May 6, 2003
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech senior golfer Troy Matteson and sophomore Nicholas Thompson were both named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf team as announced by the league office in Greensboro, N.C., on Tuesday.
Matteson, one of the nation’s top players and the defending NCAA Champion, earned the honor for the third-straight year, becoming the fifth Tech player to be an All-ACC selection for three or more years in their careers. With a 71.00 scoring average, Matteson currently leads the Yellow Jackets and ranks fourth all time in school history with his 71.90 stroke average. That career mark trails only current professional players Bryce Molder, David Duval and Matt Kuchar. The honor highlights yet another outstanding season for the senior, which includes eight top-20 finishes and five top-10 placements, and his fifth career victory at the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate.
After being named an honorable mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America a year ago, Thompson was named to the All-ACC team for the first time in his career in 2003. Thompson’s 72.48 stroke average is second on the team this year and the 10th-best in the conference. He has recorded a trio of top-20 placements and two top 10s while playing the 20th-toughest individual schedule in the country according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Thompson currently holds a 72.65 career stroke average, the sixth best in school history.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on May 15-17, when they travel to Auburn, Ala., to compete in the NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Club.
2003 All-ACC Men's Golf TeamName School Yr. HometownRamon Bescansa North Carolina Sr. Santiago, SpainDustin Bray North Carolina Jr. Asheboro, N.C.Jack Ferguson Clemson So. Seneca, S.C.Bill Haas Wake Forest Jr. Greer, S.C.Matt Hendrix Clemson Jr. Aiken, S.C.Gregg Jones Clemson Jr. Florence, S.C.Troy Matteson Georgia Tech Sr. Austin, TexasNicholas Thompson Georgia Tech So. Coral Springs, Fla.D.J. Trahan Clemson Sr. Inman, S.C.Richard Treis North Carolina Jr. Baden-Baden, GermanyJustin Walters NC State Sr. Johannesburg, South AfricaBrent Wanner Wake Forest Sr. Chatham, Mass.Chad Wilfong Wake Forest Sr. Thomasville, N.C.
Player of the Year Bill Haas, Wake Forest
Rookie of the Year Ryan Blaum, Duke
Coach of the Year Larry Penley, Clemson