ATLANTA – The second-ranked Georgia Tech men’s golf team will look to defend its title and to win its fourth-straight tournament this weekend as it travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championships. The three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on April 6-8 at the brand new 7057-yard, par-72 Vista Vallarta Golf Club layout in Puerto Vallarta.
The Yellow Jackets will join one of the year’s top fields as the tournament will include the top five teams from the latest MasterCard rankings, including top-ranked Georgia and third-ranked Clemson. Tech won the event last year when it was held in Los Cabos, Mexico to finish out the regular season in 2000.
Tech is riding an impressive three-tournament win streak having won the Puerto Rico Classic, the Las Vegas Intercollegiate and most recently the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on March 26 in Austin, Texas. The Jackets have had total team efforts in each of the tourneys, including a career-best second-place finish by sophomore Troy Matteson (72-72-66-210) at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate.
Senior Bryce Molder has remained the top-ranked individual in the nation throughout the season, as he leads the country with a 69.41 stroke average and has recorded three-event wins, which gives him eight in his career, tying David Duval for the all-time Tech lead. Molder captured the Morris Williams title with a 36-hole score of 9-under-par 67-68-135.
The U.S. Collegiate Championships will be aired by ESPN2 on a tape-delay basis on April 14 from 2-4 p.m. and on April 15 from 3-5 p.m.