March 7, 2002
ATLANTA — After taking a week off, the Georgia Tech golf team will look to capture its fourth-straight team title and fifth crown of the season when it travels to Las Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate. The 54-hole event will be held at the par-72, 7.381-yard Southern Highlaneds Golf Course on March 8-10.
The top-ranked Yellow Jackets have won their last three tournaments, including a school-record 25-stroke victory at the Puerto Rico Classic on February 26.
Tech has been led by junior Troy Matteson, who has won his last two starts, including his first career win at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate and a win at the Puerto Rico Classic in his last outing. Matteson was joined in the top 10 in Puerto Rico by freshman Nick Thompson, who recorded his first career top-five finish, placing third, and seniors Matt Weibring (t-4) and Kris Mikkelsen (t-7). Rookie Chan Wongluekiet, just missed the top 10, finishing 11th.
Teeing Off Georgia Tech will look to capture its fifth team title of the young season and fourth in a row on the year, when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate at the Southern Highlands Golf Course, March 8-10. The 54-hole event will be contested over the par-72, 7,381-yard layout at Southern Highlands and will be hosted by UNLV. The Yellow Jackets are the tournament’s defending champion, recording a 24-stroke victory last year. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. local time each day and admission is free.
The Field As is often the case, Georgia Tech will be part of a strong field this week at the Las Vegas Collegiate. Among the 15 teams in the tournament, 10 of them are ranked in the latest GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll, including four in the top five. Joining the Yellow Jackets in the field will be: Alabama, Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Houston, Kent State, New Mexico, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and TCU.
A Look at the Yellow Jackets The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked atop all four major collegiate golf polls and have won three-straight team titles, including wins at the Long Cove Invitational to close out the fall and a win at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate to open the spring, along with a victory at the Puerto Rico Classic in the last outing on February 26. Those three wins coupled with a win at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in October, gives Tech four wins on the year. That total is just one shy of the school record of five, which is held by the Jackets 2001 team and the 1993 team that featured current PGA Tour pros David Duval and Stewart Cink.
The Lineup Georgia Tech’s lineup for the Las Vegas Collegiate will remain the same as it has been for each of the last five tournaments, as junior Troy Matteson, senior Kris Mikkelsen, freshman Chan Wongluekiet, senior Matt Weibring and freshman Nick Thompson will make up the Yellow Jacket contingent.
Matteson Making His Mark Tech junior Troy Matteson has picked up right where he left off in 2001, as he has won individual titles in each of his last two tournaments. Matteson, who was named a third-team All-American a year ago, had not won a tournament as a collegian until picking up his first win on February 15 at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The Austin, Texas, product finished the tournament with a score of 6-under-par, 67-70-73-210, to win by one shot over Fresno State’s Nick Watney. One week later in Puerto Rico, Matteson found his groove over the final two rounds, carding a second-round score of 7-under-par, 65, en route to an 11-under-par total of 69-65-71-205 for a two shot win.