April 20, 2007
New London, N.C. –
Roberto Castro shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday afternoon to pace Georgia Tech, and the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets are tied for third place and two shots off the lead after the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf championship.
Castro was one of 11 golfers in the 60-player field to break par Friday in sunny and breezy conditions at the 7,100-yard Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. It was the 10th subpar round in 14 this spring for the senior from Alpharetta, Ga., and his sixth round in the 60s.
Clemson’s Kyle Stanley and Virginia Tech’s Ryan Sypniewski each shot 4-under 68 to tie for the early lead. Stanley paced the 11th-ranked Tigers (3-under 285) to a one stroke lead over Duke (286) in the team race, while Tech and North Carolina were tied at 1-under 287.
Chesson Hadley and defending individual champion Cameron Tringale each came in at even-par 72 for their opening round, and are tied for 12th place, while Taylor Hall and Kevin Larsen each posted 74s for the Yellow Jackets.
“It was a good start for us Friday,” said head coach Bruce Heppler, whose team is defending its 2006 title and looking for its 10th all-time conference championship. “Roberto continues to play extremely well this spring, and we got solid play from everyone else.”
The Tigers also received a pair of par scores from David May and Tanner Ervin, as well as a 73 from Sam Saunders. Michael Schachner and Martin Ureta each shot 69s to lead Duke and North Carolina, respectively.
Tech is paired with Clemson and Duke for Saturday’s second round, and will tee off beginning with Hall at 11:10 a.m., followed by Larsen (11:20), Hadley (11:30), Tringale (11:40) and Castro (11:50).
Live scoring of the championship, as well as tee times and other information, will be available all three days at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=927.
2007 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPOld North State Club at Uwharrie Point, New London, N.C.First-Round Results
TEAM STANDINGS Clemson 285 (-3), Duke 286, Georgia Tech 287, North Carolina 287, Virginia Tech 289, Virginia 293, Wake Forest 293, NC State 295, Florida State 298, Maryland 300, Boston College 310
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Kyle Stanley, Wake Forest, 68 (-4) Ryan Sypniewski, Virginia Tech, 68 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech, 69 Michael Schachner, Duke, 69 Martin Ureta, North Carolina, 69 David Holzworth, North Carolina, 70 Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest, 71 Chris Gold, Maryland, 71 Clark Klaasen, Duke, 71 Nick MacDonald, Virginia Tech, 71 Bob Reed, Boston College, 71