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Men's Golf Sixth After First Day at Golfweek Preview Invitational

ATLANTA, GA. (Sept 19) – Georgia Tech’s golf team shot two-over-par as a team Sunday and ended the first day of the Golfweek Preview Invitational in sixth place. The tournament is being held at the 7,149-yard, par 72 Lake Course at the Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala., where this year’s NCAA Championship will be contested.

Clemson, the pre-season No. 1 team, paced the field after firing a blistering nine-under-par 279 as a team and was six strokes ahead of defending national champion Georgia and Northwestern. Arizona State and Oklahoma State each were a stroke better than Tech to end the day tied for fourth place. Georgia’s Bubba Watson was the opening-day clubhouse leader as he shot a 67, one stroke better than ’99 NCAA individual champion Luke Donald of Northwestern and D.J. Trahan of Clemson.

Tech was paced by senior Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) and redshirt-freshman Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas), who each fired an even-par 72 to place 16th. Both junior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) and sophomore Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas) were one stroke back at 73 to tie for 27th. Senior Carlton Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) was in a tie for 58th at 77.

Golfweek annually invites the top 18 teams from its final national poll of the previous season to the site of the upcoming NCAA championship to kick off each year. The Lake Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, will host the NCAA May 31-June 4. The Preview Invitational continues with 18 holes Monday and Tuesday.

Team Standings after 18 holes1.      Clemson                 2792.      Georgia                 285        Northwestern            2854.      Arizona State           289        Oklahoma State          2896.      Georgia Tech            2907.      Houston                 2928.      New Mexico              2939.      Auburn                  29510.     UCLA                    29811.     Minnesota               299        UNLV                    29913.     South Carolina          300        Texas                   30015.     E. Tennessee St.        30316.     North Carolina          30617.     Florida                 31318.     Nebraska                320Top 10 Individuals      1.      Bubba Watson, Georgia                   672.      Luke Donald, Northwestern               68        D.J. Trahan                             684.      John Engler, Clemson                    69        B.J. Staten,                            696.      Paul Daniel, North Carolina             70        Matt Jones, Arizona State               70        Brandon Di Tullio, UCLA                 70        Eric Ecker, South Carolina              70        Scott Harrington, Northwestern          70Georgia Tech16.     Matt Kuchar                     72        Troy Matteson                   7227.     Bryce Molder                    73        Matt Weibring                   7358.     Carlton Forrester               77       

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