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Men's Golf Team in 13th after 18 Holes at the Ping/Golfweek Preview

Senior Bryce Molder alone in second place after the first round of play
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s golf team struggled in the first round of play and is in 13th place after 18 holes at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. The 54-hole, two-day event is being contested at the 7,100-yard, par-72 Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., which will also be the site of the 2001 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

The Yellow Jackets finished the day with a team total of 300, which puts them 13 strokes off the pace of team leader Georgia, which finished the first round with a score of 287, and was the only team to finish the first round under par.

Tech’s individuals in the field were led by senior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.), who fired a 4-under-par 33-35-68 and trails individual leader Kevin Haefner of Auburn (34-33-67) by one stroke.

Following Molder in the individual standings is junior Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), who is part of an eight-way tie for 49th place at 4-over-par 40-36-76, and sophomore Adam Cranford (Augusta, Ga.), who is part of a five-way tie for 57th at 5-over-par, 36-41-77.

Rounding out the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field are junior Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.), and senior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.), both of whom are part of a group of six players in 69th place at, 8-over-par, 40-39-79.

The Ping/Golfweek Preview will continue this afternoon with the second round of play, and will conclude tomorrow with the third and final round of competition.

TEAM SCORES AFTER 18 HOLES1.      Georgia         2872.      Auburn          2883.      Arizona State   2904.      Arizona         2925.      UNLV            2936.      Northwestern    294        BYU             2948.      Oklahoma State  296        Texas           29610.     North Carolina  29711.     Clemson         29812.     Duke            29913.     Georgia Tech    30014.     Kent State      302        Houston         30216.     TCU             308TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS, TECH  PLAYERS1.      Kevin Haefner, Auburn           672.      Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech      683.      James Oh, UNLV                  694.      Erik Compton, Georgia           70        Ryan Hybl, Georgia              70        Reid Hatley, Arizona            707.      Dustin Bray, North Carolina     71        John Klauk, Texas               71        Manuel Merizalde, BYU           71        Jeff Quinney, Arizona State     71GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALST49.    Matt Weibring   76T57.    Adam Cranford   77T69.    Kris Mikkelsen  79        Wes Latimer     79

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