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Tech Golfers Return to Action at Ping/<I>Golfweek</I> Preview

Oct. 6, 2002

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech golf team will look to improve on its season-opening 15th-place finish, when it returns to action on Monday at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Stillwater, Okla. The 54-hole two-day event will be contested at the par-72, 7,290-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club, which will also serve as the host of the 2003 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. The tournament will get under way with 36 holes of play on Monday, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday.

As will be the case for much of the year, a strong field will await the Jackets in Oklahoma. Included in the group of 15 will be the top-12 teams from the Golfweek preseason poll, as Arizona, Auburn, Augusta State, Clemson, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Southern California, Texas, TCU, Wake Forest and Washington will join Tech in the tournament.

The Yellow Jackets will be led in the event by senior Troy Matteson, who opened the year by tying for medalist honors at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga., a week ago. Matteson finished that event with a 54-hole score of 11-under-par, 72-64-69-205.

Joining Matteson in the field will be a new lineup for Georgia Tech. Returning to the group of five will be sophomore Nicholas Thompson and senior Adam Cranford, while sophomore Chan Wongluekiet and freshman Thomas Jordan will each be making their first appearances of the 2002-03 season.

Play at the Ping/Golfweek Preview will get under way at 8 a.m. each day, with a shotgun start on Monday. Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available at www.igolftheworld.com/Events/Team/pinggolfweekpreview/Results/selectd ivision.asp?IDEvent=262

-GT-

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