ATLANTA – The second-ranked Georgia Tech men¢s golf team was one of only two teams to finish under par, and captured its second team title of the year with a victory at the Puerto Rico Classic. The Yellow Jackets also won the event for the second-straight year. The 54-hole event was contested at the par-72, 6,945-yard Rio Mar Country Club in Palmer, Puerto Rico.
The Jackets used improved play over each day of the tournament and fired the top team round of the tournament on Tuesday, a 6-under-par 282 to finish at 3-under-par 296-283-282-861. Tech entered the final round tied for the lead with top-ranked Georgia, but the Bulldogs faded to a fourth-place finish and the Jackets were able to hold off the third-ranked Clemson Tigers (289-291-282-862) for the victory.
Tech senior Bryce Molder led four Yellow Jacket individuals in the top 25 of the event, as he finished third with a three-round total of 4-under-par 71-71-70-212. That score was seven shots off the pace of Clemson¢s Lucas Glover, who captured medalist honors with a score of 11-under-par 68-70-67-205.
Junior Matt Weibring and sophomore Troy Matteson, both of whom finished as part of a seven-way tie for 15th place, followed Molder in the individual standings. Weibring fired his best round of the tournament on the final day, as he shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 75-75-69-219, while Matteson finished at 75-71-73-219. Senior Wes Latimer was the next Tech individual in the field, as he was one of three players tied for 22nd place with his three-day score of 75-69-76-220.
The final member of Tech¢s contingent in the field was also among the top 30 individuals,, as junior Kris Mikkelsen improved his scores each day, finishing with a 2-under-par score of 70 and a 54-hole total of 80-72-70-222, to finished tied for 28th place.
The Yellow Jackets will take a weekend off before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Las Vegas Intercollegiate from March 9-11 at the 7,100-yard, par-72, Rio Secco Golf Club.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS1. Georgia Tech 296-283-282-8612. Clemson 289-291-282-8623. Minnesota 296-289-280-8654. Georgia 293-286-290-8695. Oklahoma 301-289-289-8796. Duke 298-297-289-884 NC State 307-293-284-8848. Texas A&M 299-294-294-8879. Colorado 294-298-298-89010. Northwestern 299-301-292-89211. East Tennessee State 301-299-297-89712. Virginia 299-305-299-903 Wake Forest 307-303-293-90314. Kent State 308-298-306-91315. Purdue 318-310-299-927TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS, TECH FINISHERS1. Lucas Glover, Clemson 68-70-67-2052. Wilhelm Schauman, Minnesota 73-70-67-2103. Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 71-71-70-2124. Luke Donald, Northwestern 76-70-68-2145. Cody Freeman, Oklahoma 72-73-71-216 David Miller, Georgia 76-70-70-216 David Sanchez, NC State 71-74-71-216 John Engler, Clemson 73-73-70-216 Matt Call, Colorado 74-72-70-21610. Jon Mills, Kent State 69-74-74-217GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALST15. Matt Weibring 75-75-69-219T15. Troy Matteson 75-71-73-219T22. Wes Latimer 75-69-76-220T28. Kris Mikkelsen 80-72-70-222