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Men's Golf Finishes Fifth in Iron Duke Golf Classic

ATLANTA (Oct. 18) – Georgia Tech’s golf team finished 21-over-par and placed fifth Monday in the Iron Duke Golf Classic at the par 72, 7,045-yard Duke Golf Course in Durham, N.C. Junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) tied for second on the day to lead the Jackets, as he finished at even par with a two-day total of 70-74144.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after rain Sunday stopped play after the first 18 holes and host Duke won the team title after finishing with a 10-over-par 291-295586 score. Wayne Raath of Florida Southern was the only golfer under par, as he finished at 3-under to take medalist honors.

Molder notched his ninth top-2 or better finish and 14th top-5 finish in 29 career tournaments as he tied with Martin Maritz of Tulsa, Michael Hospodar of Old Dominion and Mike Christensen of Duke for second. In eight rounds of play this year, he has played five under par for a 70.50 stroke average. Redshirt-sophomore Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) registered his second top-20 finish in three starts this year as he placed tied-for-15th after shooting a 5-over 74-75149. Sophomore Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga) and senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) each tied-for-31st after carding 8-over 152s, and junior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.) was tied for 56 after shooting an 11-over 79-76155.

Senior Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) did not play to rest his back and should be back for the Golf World Invitational November 4-6 in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Jackets, which entered the tournament No. 1 in the Golfweek computer rankings, had their highest over-par finish of the year in three outings. Tech has now finished in the top five in nine out of 11 tournaments during the 1999 calendar year.

Team Results:1.      Duke                    291-2955862.      Augusta State           299-2905893.      Florida Southern        296-298594        Northwestern            294-3005945.      Georgia Tech            298-2995976.      Old Dominion            297-3025997.      Tulsa                   303-298601        Ohio State              305-2966019.      East Tennessee St.      303-29960210.     Virginia                305-30060511.     North Carolina          299-30860712.     Texas                   303-30660913.     Furman                  303-30861114.     Wake Forest             304-30861215.     UNC-Charlotte           307-30961616.     Va. Commonwealth        314-30461817.     Georgia Southern        311-31562618.     Coastal Carolina        321-329650Top 10 Individuals:1.      Wayne Raath, Florida Southern   70-711412.      Martin Maritz, Tulsa            72-72144        Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech      70-74144        Michael Hospodar, Old Dominion  70-74144        Mike Christensen, Duke          72-721446.      Jamie Elson, Augusta St.        75-70145        Matt Krauss, Duke               72-73155        Luke Donald, Northwestern       72-731559.      Chris Wisler, E. Tennessee St.  71-75146        Daniel Riskam, Northwestern     74-72146        Jack Doherty, Augusta St.       73-73146Tech Individuals:t-2.    Bryce Molder            70-74144t-15.   Troy Matteson           74-75149t-31.   Kris Mikkelsen          78-74152t-31.   Carlton Forrester       76-76152t-56.   Wes Latimer             79-76155

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