Tech Golfers Down Georgia, Fall in Semis of Hooters Match Play Championship

Nov. 8, 2003

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Georgia Tech golf team once again got victories from freshmen Roberto Castro and Kevin Larsen, along with a win from sophomore Thomas Jordan, to defeat in-state rival Georgia by a 3-2 score in the quarterfinals, but was unable to build on that momentum, falling by a 3-1-1 count to top-ranked Florida on Saturday afternoon at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The three-day tournament is being contested at Barefoot Resort’s par-72, 7,343-yard Dye Course.

In the day’s first match, which was concluded after being halted by darkness on Friday night, the Yellow Jackets received wins from both Jordan and Larsen to close out the match with the Bulldogs. Jordan, who was dormie through 16 holes with Richard Scott when play was stopped on Friday, won the final hole of the day to claim a 2 up victory. Larsen decided the match with his 1 up victory over Ryan Hybl, as he won the 16th hole of the match before halving the final two holes for the win. Castro closed out his match with Jason Hodges on Friday afternoon with a 5 and 4 win.

Against the Gators on Saturday afternoon, Tech won only one match in the 3-1-1 loss, as Castro remained unbeaten in the tournament with a 3 and 2 victory over Matt Every. Thomas Jordan also remained unbeaten for the Jackets, as he halved his match with Camilo Villegas. Florida took an early 2-0 lead with wins at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots in the lineup, as Jessie Mudd defeated the Jackets’ Mike Barbosa by a 5 and 4 score, while Ryan Cochran handled Tech’s Chan Wongluekiet by a 7 and 6 count. The Gators then clinched the team match when Brett Stegmaier defeated the Yellow Jackets’ Kevin Larsen 2 up by winning the 17th and 18th holes.

The Yellow Jackets will next face Oklahoma State in the third-place match of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship on Sunday. Full tournament results, along with live scoring of the event are available at www.golfstatlive.com.

GEORGIA TECH 3, GEORGIA 21.      Roberto Castro (GT) d. Jason Hodges (GA), 5 and 42.      Kevin Larsen (GT) d. Ryan Hybl (GA), 1 up3.      Thomas Jordan (GT) d. Richard Scott (GA), 2 up4.      Brendon Todd (GA) d. Mike Barbosa (GT), 5 and 45.      Chris Kirk (GA) d. Chan Wongluekiet (GT), 4 and 2

FLORIDA 4, GEORGIA TECH 1 1. Roberto Castro (GT) d. Matt Every (F), 3 and 2 2. Brett Stegmaier (F) d. Kevin Larsen (GT), 2 up 3. Thomas Jordan (GT) vs. Camilo Villegas (F), Halved 4. Jessie Mudd (F) d. Mike Barbosa (GT), 5 and 4 5. Ryan Cochran (F) d. Chan Wongluekiet (GT), 7 and 6

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