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Tech Golfers Finish Tied for 11th at Ping/<I>Golfweek</I> Preview

Oct. 8, 2002

Stillwater, Okla. — The Georgia Tech golf team improved its team score over the final round of play, but was unable to make a significant move in the team standings, finishing in a tie for 11th at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Stillwater, Okla. The 54-hole tournament was contested at the par-72, 7,290-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club, which will also serve as the host of the 2003 NCAA Championships.

The Yellow Jackets finished the final round with a team score of 302, to complete play in the tournament with a 54-hole total of 307-307-302-916. That score put Tech in a tie for 11th with Florida (305-296-315-916) and well off the final total of 16-over-par, 300-291-289-880 of team champion Augusta State.

Georgia Tech’s top individual finisher in the field was senior Troy Matteson, who tied with two other players in 10th place. Matteson’s score of 73-76-72-221 gave him his second top-10 finish in as many starts. He was eight shots off the pace of Augusta State’s Emmett Turner, who captured medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 3-under-par, 74-69-70-213. Turner was the only individual in the field to finish under par.

Matteson was followed in the individual standings by sophomore Nicholas Thompson, who carded a final-round score of 73 to finished tied with five other players in 32nd place at 77-78-73-228. Fellow sophomore Chan Wongluekiet was the next individual in the field, tying for 53rd place at 78-79-78-235, while senior Adam Cranford was among three players in 59th place at 79-81-79-239. Rounding out the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field was freshman Thomas Jordan, who completed his collegiate debut tied for 62nd place at 77-77-87-241.

The Yellow Jackets will next be in action on October 14-15, when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Golf Club.

FINAL TEAM SCORESFin.   School                   Scores   1   Augusta State U.         300  291  289    880       +16   2   Clemson University       299  293  294    886       +22   3   Arizona, U. of           300  295  298    893       +29   4   Auburn University        304  292  298    894       +30   5   Texas, Univ. of          309  287  301    897       +33   6   Wake Forest Univ.        304  296  298    898       +34   7   Oklahoma State U.        312  284  303    899       +35   8   Minnesota, Univ. of      317  286  299    902       +38   9   Washington, U. of        306  296  307    909       +45  10   TCU                      317  294  301    912       +48  11   Georgia Tech             307  307  302    916       +52       Florida, U. of           305  296  315    916       +52  13   Southern California      317  298  314    929       +65  14   North Carolina State     321  299  312    932       +68  15   Purdue University        316  302  323    941       +77

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS Fin. Name School Scores 1 Emmett Turner Augusta St 74 69 70 213 -3 2 Scott Jamieson Augusta St 75 68 73 216 E 3 Ricky Barnes Arizona 72 74 71 217 +1 Matthew Rosenfeld Texas 76 70 71 217 +1 5 Conner Robbins Washington 73 73 72 218 +2 6 Hunter Mahan Okla. St. 79 66 74 219 +3 Colby Beckstrom TCU 75 72 72 219 +3 8 Tyler McKeever Auburn 74 75 71 220 +4 Jack Ferguson Clemson 76 72 72 220 +4 10 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 73 76 72 221 +5 Simon Nash Minn. 75 70 76 221 +5 Jay Mundy Auburn 72 72 77 221 +5

GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T32 Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 77 78 73 228 +12 T53 Chan Wongluekiet Ga. Tech 78 79 78 235 +19 T59 Adam Cranford Ga. Tech 79 81 79 239 +23 T62 Thomas Jordan Ga. Tech 81 74 85 240 +24

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