Nov. 10, 2001
ATLANTA – Led by a pair of 68s by junior Troy Matteson and senior Kris Mikkelsen, the Georgia Tech men’s golf team recorded the low team round of the tournament (278) and raced into the lead by five shots after 36 holes of play at the Long Cove Invitational. The 54-hole event, which replaced the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational, is being contested at the par-71, 7,026-yard Long Cove Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
While the rest of the field struggled to find red figures, the Yellow Jackets found their groove and improved their team score 19 strokes to take the five-shot advantage entering Sunday’s final round. Tech finished the second round with a team score of 6-under-par 278, which was 12 shots better than any other team on Saturday, and stands at 297-278-575. That score puts Tech ahead of first-round leader Texas (288-292-580) and Clemson (292-289-581) after 36 holes.
The Tech individuals in the field are being led by senior Matt Weibring, who carded a 1-under-par score of 71 on Saturday and was one of three Yellow Jackets under par and is tied with two other players for seventh place at 1-over-par, 73-70-143. That score, puts Weibring six shots off the pace of individual leader David Oh of Southern California, who is at 5-under-par 68-69-137 after two rounds.
Matteson and Mikkelsen led the Yellow Jacket charge on day two of the tournament, as the duo carded matching scores of 3-under-par 68. Those scores put them among four Tech players in the top 10, as they are part of a seven-way tie for 10th with matching two-day totals of 76-68-144. Joining Matteson and Mikkelsen in the group at 2-over par is freshman Chan Wongluekiet, who continued his consistent play with a second-straight 72 to stand at 72-72-144 after two rounds. The final member of the Tech contingent is rookie Nick Thompson, who shot a 1-over-par 71 on Saturday and is tied for 27th place at 76-72-148.
The final round of play at the Long Cove Invitational will get under way on Sunday morning, with the Yellow Jackets playing in threesomes with Texas and Clemson. Full tournament results are available at www.golfweek.com.
TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES 1. Georgia Tech 297-278-575 2. Texas 288-292-580 3. Clemson 292-289-581 4. Southern California 297-289-586 Wake Forest 295-291-586 6. Georgia 294-293-587 7. Oklahoma State 292-296-588 8. Arizona State 299-291-590 9. Virginia Tech 297-298-595 10. Augusta State 300-297-597 11. Oklahoma 299-299-598 Purdue 293-305-598 13. Houston 300-303-603 14. New Mexico 306-302-608 15. West Florida 310-306-616
TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS AND TECH PLAYERS 1. David Oh, USC 68-69–137 2. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 67-72–139 2. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 69-70–139 4. Tyler Erickson, Ariz. St. 72-69–141 5. Matt Brost, Texas 69-73–142 5. Ryan Hybl, Georgia 71-71–142 7. Jason Hartwick, Texas 72-71–143 7. Bryan Clarke, W. Florida 72-71–143 7. Matt Weibring, Ga. Tech 73-70–143 10. Chan Wongluekiet, Ga. Tech 72-72–144 Troy Matteson, Ga. Tech 76-68–144 Kris Mikkelsen, Ga. Tech 76-68–144 Four other players tied at 144
GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T27. Nick Thompson 76-72–148