ATLANTA (September 26) – Georgia Tech senior golfer Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) opened the 2000-01 season in much the same way he finished the summer, with a victory. Molder captured medalist honors at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational, for his sixth career victory. The rain-shortened 36-hole event was played 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 Mens Golf Championships.
The Yellow Jackets finished 11th in the tournament with a team total of 22-over-par, 300-298 -598, which was 15 shots off the pace of team champion Georgia. The Bulldogs finished with a 7-over-par score of 287-296-583, as the weather conditions kept scores in the black.
Molder was one of only four players to finish the event under par, as he carded an even-par 72 in the final round to finish at 4-under-par 68-72-140 and win individual medalist honors by two shots over first-round leader Kevin Haefner of Auburn (67-75-142).
Following Molder in the individual standings for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore Adam Cranford (Augusta, Ga.), who was one of two players tied for 42nd place at 7-over-par 77-74-151. Junior Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas) finished just behind Cranford in the medalist competition, finishing as one of seven players tied for 44th position at 8-over-par 76-76-152.
Senior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.), in 67th place at 12-over-par 80-76-156 and junior Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.) in 71st at 14-over-par 79-79-158, rounded out the Tech contingent in the field.
Tech will return to action on October 6, when it competes in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the Farm in Rocky Face, Ga.