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Tech Storms to Lead at Puerto Rico Golf Classic

Feb. 28, 2005

ATLANTA – Third-ranked Georgia Tech fired a 10-under-par 278 Monday, moving into first place by four shots over Florida after two rounds of the Puerto Rico Classic golf tournament in Rio Grande, P.R.

The final round will be played Tuesday on the par-72 River Course at the Westin Rio Mar Golf Resort. The Yellow Jackets, bidding for their first victory of the year after four second-place finishes, are at 18-under-par 558 for the tournament, followed by the Gators at 562, top-ranked Oklahoma State at 565 and Arizona State at 570. First-round leader Georgia, the nation’s No. 2 team, shot 298 and fell back to fifth place at 576.

Tech’s score Monday was the best of the field by five shots, led by a five-under-par 67 from sophomore Roberto Castro and a three-under-par 69 from junior Mike Barbosa. Seniors Chan Song and Nicholas Thompson each shot one-under 71s for the Yellow Jackets.

Song is tied for fifth in the medalist race at five-under-par 139, three shots off the lead of Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State. Barbosa is tied for seventh place at four-under-par 140, and Thompson is in 13th place at three-under-par 141. Castro jumped to a tie for 24th with a one-over-par score of 145, and Kevin Larsen (75 Monday) is tied for 28th at 146.

PUERTO RICO CLASSICWestin Rio Mar Golf Resort, River Course, Par 72Second-Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS Georgia Tech 278 – 558 Florida 283 – 562 Oklahoma State 283 – 565 Arizona State 286 – 570 Georgia 298 – 576 Clemson 298 – 578 Duke 289 – 581 Purdue 288 – 583 Oklahoma 300 – 587 East Tennessee State 294 – 587 Alabama 299 – 588 Minnesota 292 – 588 NC State 303 – 589 Kent State 296 – 597 Illinois 305 – 604 Michigan 307 – 607 Northwestern 307 – 607 Virginia Tech 308 – 609

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 67 – 136 Cian McNamara, East Tennessee State 68 – 137 James Vargas, Florida 73 – 138 Kendall Critchfield, Arizona State 69 – 138 Chan Song, Georgia Tech 71 – 139 Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State 71 – 139 Mike Barbosa, Georgia Tech 69 – 140 David Denham, Georgia 73 – 140 Nathan Smith, Duke 70 – 140 Phillip Bryan, Oklahoma 74 – 140 Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 71 – 140

GEORGIA TECH SCORES Chan Song (T5) 71 – 139 Mike Barbosa (T7) 69 – 140 Nicholas Thompson (13) 71 – 141 Roberto Castro (T24) 67 – 145 Kevin Larsen (T28) 75 – 146

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