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Men's Golf Nine Strokes Off the Lead After First Day of Golf World Invitational

ATLANTA (Nov. 5) – Georgia Tech’s golf team ended the first day of the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational nine-strokes under par and nine strokes behind the University of Texas, the first-day leader at 16-under par at the par 72, 6,651-yard Aruthur Hills Golf Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Seniors Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) each fired 3-under-par 69s to place in a tie for 11th after the first round. Junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) was one stroke back at 70 and tied for 20th, while sophomore Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas) was tied for 51st with a 73. Redshirt-freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) was tied for 75th with a 76.

Texas shot a 272 with four golfers shooting in the 60s as U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett led the way with a 67. South Carolina was in second at 278, Georgia was third with a 279, North Carolina was fourth with a 280 and Tech was one stroke back at 281.

The Jackets entered the tournament ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek computer rankings and No. 4 in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Foundation poll.

Play continues with 18 holes Saturday and Sunday.

Team Results:1. Texas                2722. South Carolina       2873. Georgia              2794. North Carolina       2805. Georgia Tech         2816. Houston              283    TCU                 283    UCLA                2839. Clemson              28410. Oklahoma St.        285    Arizona St.         28512. Duke                286    Florida Southern    286    UNLV                28615. New Mexico          28816. East Tennessee St.  29017. California          29318. Pepperdine          302 Top 10 Individuals1. Rob Simmons, N. Carolina     652. Lucas Glover, Clemson        66    Erik Compton, Georgia       66    Eric Ecker, S. Carolina     665. David Gossett, Texas         67    Lars Cedeqvist, S. Carolina 67    Russell Surber, Texas       678. Scott Volpitto, TCU          68    Jason Semelsberger, UCLA    68    Micke Christensen, Duke     68 Georgia Tech Results:t-11. Matt Kuchar       69t-11. Carlton Forrester 69t-20. Bryce Molder      70t-51. Matt Weibring     73t-75. Troy Matteson     76

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