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Tech Golfers Finish Third at Nelson Invitational

Oct. 27, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. — Led by the play of sophomore Nicholas Thompson, who matched his career-best finish by tying for second, the Georgia Tech golf team recorded its top finish of the fall in placing third at the Nelson Invitational in Stanford, Calf. The 54-hole tournament was contested at the par-71, 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Club.

The Yellow Jackets entered the final round tied for the lead, but were unable to hold on, finishing the day with a 3-over-par score of 287 on Sunday. Tech finished the tournament at even-par, 283-282-287-852. That score put the Jackets 11 strokes behind team champion Duke, which finished the event at 11-under-par 278-287-276-841.

Thompson was the top individual performer for the Yellow Jackets, as he was one of three players tied for second place. Thompson finished the tournament by carding a 4-under-par score of 67 in the final round, and was just one shot off the lead at 11-under-par, 66-69-67-202 after 54 holes. Duke’s Leif Olson claimed medalist honors with his final score of 12-under-par 70-66-65-201.

Joining Thompson in the event’s top 20 was freshman Thomas Jordan, who recorded his top finish of the year, placing alone in 19th place at 1-over-par, 72-70-72-214. Senior Troy Matteson was the next Tech player in the field, as he was one of five players tied for 23rd place with his 54-hole score of 3-over-par, 71-72-73-216. Sophomore Chan Wongluekiet finished as part of a 10-player logjam in 37th place at 74-71-75-220, while freshman Michael Barbosa tied for 83rd at 76-79-76-231.

The Jackets will now have a week off before travelling to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship at the Dye Course on Nov. 8-10.

FINAL TEAM SCORES1   Duke University          278  287  276    841       -112   Washington, U. of        274  303  271    848        -43   Georgia Tech             283  282  287    852         E4   Colorado State Univ.     281  290  283    854        +25   North Carolina State     293  279  287    859        +7    Kansas, U. of            288  287  284    859        +77   Northwestern             289  293  280    862       +10    Stanford University      285  293  284    862       +109   Toledo, U. of            291  287  290    868       +1610   Oregon State U.          292  292  285    869       +1711   Miami (Ohio)             292  288  290    870       +1812   Notre Dame, U. of        285  296  296    877       +2513   Missouri, U. of          292  296  290    878       +26     Colorado, U. of          294  291  293    878       +2615   Texas Tech Univ.         296  296  287    879       +2716   Florida Southern Col     296  298  287    881       +2917   Idaho, Univ. of          304  297  297    898       +4618   Hawaii-Hilo, U. of       308  299  308    915       +63

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1 Leif Olson Duke 70 66 65 201 -12 2 Brock Mackenzie Washington 67 70 65 202 -11 Justin Walters NC State 70 66 66 202 -11 Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 66 69 67 202 -11 5 Martin Laird Col. St. 65 77 65 207 -6 6 Tyler Hall Kansas 69 70 69 208 -5 Jim Seki Stanford 70 70 68 208 -5 8 Chris Marshall Kansas 69 70 70 209 -4 Brad Heaven Toledo 73 67 69 209 -4 10 Ryan Blaum Duke 70 74 66 210 -3

GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS 19 Thomas Jordan Ga. Tech 72 70 72 214 +1 T23 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 71 72 73 216 +3 T37 Chan Wongluekiet Ga. Tech 74 71 75 220 +7 T83 Michael Barbosa Ga. Tech 76 79 76 231 +18

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