May 23, 2007
Georgia Tech’s golf team has drawn the No. 8 seed for next week’s NCAA Division I Golf Championship in Williamsburg, Va., and will be paired with No. 7 Lamar and No. 9 Arizona State in the first two rounds Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31.
The Yellow Jackets, making their 10th consecutive championship appearance and 21st since 1985, will begin play at 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, from the 10th tee of the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The same three teams will start from the first tee at 7:47 a.m. for Thursday’s second round.
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Pairings for the third round Friday, June 1 (tee times start at 7 a.m.) and will be determined by team standing at the end of 36 holes. The field will be cut to 15 teams for the final round Saturday, June 2, which begins at 8 a.m., with pairings determined by 54-hole standing.
“It’s higher than I thought we would be,” Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said of his team’s position. “It wasn’t one of the better falls we had, but they hung together and have improved each week in the spring. We were competitive last week (at the East Regional), and based on our spring performance, it was fair, maybe a little high if you look at the whole year.”
Playing its best golf of the year in recent weeks, Tech finished second at least week’s East Regional, tied with Florida and Auburn, who are the No. 5 and 18 seeds, respectively. The Jackets won a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in April.
The Jackets are led by a pair of all-Atlantic Coast Conference performers in Roberto Castro, a senior from Alpaharetta, Ga., playing in his last NCAA Championship, and Cameron Tringale, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., who finished eighth in last year’s championship. Freshman Chesson Hadley of Raleigh, N.C., senior Kevin Larsen of Santa Barbara, Calif., and sophomore Taylor Hall of LaGrange, Ga., round out Tech’s team for the tournament.
Georgia is the top seed following its 12-stroke victory in the East Regional. Tulsa is the second seed after its three-shot win over third-seeded Alabama in the Central Regional. The winner of the West Regional was South Carolina, a two-stroke victor over fourth-seeded UCLA. The Gamecocks are seeded No. 16.
The 30-team field includes the top 10 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, 12 of the top 15, and 28 of the top 32. Five conferences have multiple teams competing in the golf championships. Along with the seven from the SEC, there are five from the ACC and the Pac-10, three from the Big 12 and two from the Big Ten. There are single teams from the Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big South, Colonial, Conference USA, Mountain West and Southland.
NCAA Men's Division I Golf ChampionshipSeedings for First and Second Round Pairings1 Georgia2 Tulsa3 Alabama4 UCLA5 Florida6 Southern California7 Lamar8 Georgia Tech9 Arizona State10 Tennessee11 Oklahoma State12 Stanford13 Georgia State14 Coastal Carolina15 East Tennessee State16 South Carolina17 Louisville18 Auburn19 Florida State20 Vanderbilt21 Duke22 Arizona23 Charlotte24 Texas Tech25 North Carolina26 Michigan State27 New Mexico28 Wake Forest29 Texas30 Minnesota