Molder Leads Tech To A Second-Place Finish At The Golf World Invitational

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech senior Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) continued his outstanding senior campaign as he fired an NCAA-record tying round of 12-under-par 60 on the final day to lead the Yellow Jackets to a second place finish at the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational. The 54-hole event was contested at the 6,651-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Course in Hilton Head, S.C.

Tech finished the tournament with a school-record team total of 35-under-par 278-272-279–829. The Jackets total of 829 bettered the previous Tech 54-hole record of 834, which was set at the 1999 Puerto Rico Challenge. Despite the solid effort, Tech finished seven shots off the pace of Georgia, which set a new tournament record with its 42-under-par total of 268-275-279–822.

Molder scorched the Arthur Hills Course for his record setting round of 60 on Sunday. That score matched Paul Casey of Arizona State, who fired the same score at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships. Molder’s round also bettered the Tech school record of 62, which he set at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate two weeks ago. Molder finished the tourney alone in second place at 20-under-par, 69-67-60–196, a total which ties the school record 54-hole individual score that Molder set at the Jerry Pate as well. Molder finished one shot behind individual champ Anders Hultman of Oklahoma State, who finished with an outstanding total of 21-under-par 66-66-63–195.

The next Tech individual in the field was senior Wes Latimer (Woodstock, Ga.), who turned in the best tournament score of his career as a Yellow Jacket, finished as part of a six-way tie for 12th at 6-under-par, 70-69-71–210. Two shots behind Latimer in a tie for 24th place, was junior Kris Mikkelsen (Woodstock, Ga.), who finished at 4-under-par, 70-68-74–212.

Rouding out the Tech contingent in the event were sophomore Troy Matteson (Austin, Texas) and junior Matt Weibring (Plano, Texas), both of whom finished among five players tied for 28th place at 3-under-par. Matteson finished with a three-day total of 70-68-75–213, while Weibring was at 69-70-74–213.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action next weekend, when they travel to Estero, Fla., and the 6,878-yard, par-72 West Bay Club to finish the fall season by competing in the Rolex Match Play Team Championships.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS1.      Georgia                         268-275-279--8222.      Georgia Tech                    278-272-279--8293.      Oklahoma State                  274-281-279--8344.      Texas                           286-279-278--8435.      Clemson                         286-283-279--848        New Mexico                      289-280-279--848        East Tennessee State            287-281-280--8488.      Wake Forest                     288-281-281--8509.      South Carolina                  277-282-292--85110.     North Carolina                  279-287-292--85811.     Houston                         286-283-291--86012.     Arizona                         289-286-287--86213.     TCU                             287-290-289--86614.     Minnesota                       290-298-282--870        Florida Southern                286-288-296--87016.     UNLV                            283-293-297--87317.     Florida                         287-291-296--87418.     Arizona State                   286-293-311--890 TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS, TECH INDIVIDUALS1.      Anders Hultman, Okla. St.       66-66-63--1952.      Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech      69-67-60--1963.      Chris Wisler, E. Tenn. St.      69-68-64--201        Ryan Hybl, Georgia              67-67-67--2015.      Erik Compton, Georgia           66-68-68--2026.      Cody Beyer, Arizona             65-70-69--2047.      John Klauk, Texas               70-70-67--207        Simon Robinson, Houston         69-68-70--2079.      Steve Sokol, Fla. So.           68-68-72--208        James Oh, UNLV                  71-68-69--208        Jason Hartwick, Texas           72-66-70--208GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALST12.    Wes Latimer                     70-69-71--210T24.    Kris Mikkelsen                  70-68-74--212T28.    Troy Matteson                   70-68-75--213        Matt Weibring                   69-70-74--213

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