ATLANTA (Feb. 15) – The second-ranked Georgia Tech men’s golf team is in ninth place after the first round of play at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate Feb. 15. The 54-hole event is being contested on the Waikoloa King’s (par 72, 7074-yard) and Beach (par 70, 6566-yard) Courses in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
The Yellow Jackets struggled, along with the rest of the field to a team round of 321, as winds of 20-30 miles per hour caused scores to balloon. Tech trails team leader Texas (302) by 19 strokes after the first round.
Tech’s individuals in the event played the Beach Course on Thursday and were led by sophomore Troy Matteson, who is part of a four-way tie for sixth place at 5-over-par, 35-40=75. Texas’ Matt Dobyns was the only player to shoot even par in the first round and leads the medalist competition after his 70 on the first day.
Joining Matteson in the top 10 is senior Bryce Molder, who is part of a five-way tie for 10th place at 6-over-par 38-38=76. Following Molder in the field are fellow senior Wes Latimer and junior Matt Weibring, both of whom are among 10 players in 75th place with their scores of 41-44=85 and 45-40=85 respectively.
Rounding out the Tech contingent in the field is junior Kris Mikkelsen, who is one of six players tied for 94th at 39-48=87.
The Taylor Made Intercollegiate will continue on Friday with the second round of play and conclude on Saturday with the final 18 holes.