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Tech Golfers Claim 36-Hole Lead at Las Vegas Collegiate

March 9, 2002

LAS VEGAS – The Georgia Tech golf team fired the low round of the tournament and staked itself to a seven-stroke lead over in-state rival Georgia after 36 holes of play at the Callaway Golf Las Vegas Collegiate. The 54-hole event is being contested at the Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.

The top-ranked Yellow Jackets are one of just three teams under par in the event and carded a 12-under-par round of 276 on Saturday to stand at 13-under-par, 287-276=563 after two rounds of competition. Tech’s two-day total puts it seven shots ahead of Georgia, which is at 6-under-par, 288-282=570. Host UNLV is the third team in red figures, checking in at 4-under-par, 288-284=572 after 36 holes.

Tech has four individuals in the top 25 of the tournament, led by junior Troy Matteson, who is alone in third place after a 3-under-par round of 69, to stand at 5-under-par, 70-69=139 after two days of play. Matteson’s total puts him just two shots off the pace of individual leader Camilo Villegas of Florida, who is at 7-under-par, 68-69=137.

Joining Matteson in the top five, is freshman Nick Thompson, who turned in another solid round on Saturday, carding a 1-under-par score of 71 and is alone in fourth place at 4-under-par, 69-71=140. Senior Kris Mikkelsen and rookie Chan Wongluekiet are the next Yellow Jacket individuals in the field, as they are both part of a five-way tie for 22nd place at 2-over-par. Wongluekiet bounced back from an opening-round 80, to card a 6-under-par score of 66 and is at 80-66=146, while Mikkelsen stands at 71-75=146.

Senior Matt Weibring is the final member of the Tech contingent in the field, as he is part of a five-way tie for 27th place at 3-over-par, 77-70=147.

The Las Vegas Collegiate will conclude on Sunday with the final round of play. Live scoring is available at www.golfstatlive.com

TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES1.      Georgia Tech    287-276=5632.      Georgia 288-282=5703.      UNLV    288-284=5724.      Florida 288-292=5805.      NC State        291-293=5846.      Clemson 293-292=585        Houston 296-289=5858.      Arizona 293-293=5869.      TCU     293-294=58710.     Ohio State      299-294=59311.     Arizona State   304-291=59512.     New Mexico      291-305=59613.     Oklahoma State  300-297=59714.     Alabama 308-291=59915.     Air Force       315-302=61716.     Kent State      319-305=624

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS AND TECH INDIVIDUALS 1. Camilo Villegas, Florida 68-69=137 2. Ryan Hybl, Georgia 69-69=138 3. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 70-69=139 4. Nick Thompson, Georgia Tech 69-71=140 5. David Miller, Georgia 73-68=141 Bryant Odom, Georgia 72-69=141 7. Will Collins, New Mexico 69-73=142 Brien Davis, UNLV 68-74=142 Brett Foulds, UNLV 73-69=142 Ryan Moore, UNLV 74-68=142 GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T22. Kris Mikkelsen 71-75=146 Chan Wongluekiet 80-66=146 T27. Matt Weibring 77-70=147

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