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Tech's Kuchar Second, Molder Seventh After 36 Holes Of Savane All-America

ATLANTA (Nov. 22) — Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar (Lake Mary, Fla.) ended Monday one stroke off the lead at the 1999 Savane All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas, which is being held at the par 71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.

Kuchar fired a 6-under-par 69-67–136 to finish one stroke behind John Engler of Clemson, who shot a 69-66–135 to take the lead after the first 36 holes. Kuchar, the 1998 Haskins National Player of the Year, continued his hot fall play as he shot five out of nine rounds under par during the collegiate season and added two more on the opening day of the Savane Classic.

Tech’s Bryce Molder (Conway, Ark.) finished tied for seventh after finishing nine strokes off the lead at 2-over 72-72–144.

Following Engler and Kuchar were Kansas’ Ryan Vermeer at 139 and ’99 U.S. Amateur Champion David Gossett at 140.

The tournament is hosted by the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl Committee and will conclude with 18 holes Tuesday.

1.      John Engler (Clemson)                   69-66 - 1352.      Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech)              69-67 - 1363.      Ryan Vermeer (Kansas)                   70-69 - 1394.      David Gossett (Texas)                   69-71 - 1405.      Andy Miller (BYU)                       67-74 - 1416.      Derek Gillespie (Arizona)               69-74 - 143T7.     Michael Kirk (UNLV)                     74-70 - 144        Bryce Molder (Georgia Tech)             72-72 - 144T9.     Jeff Quinney (Arizona State)            72-74 - 146        Ben Curtis (Kent)                       71-75 - 146        Michael Morrison (Georgia)              69-77 - 146        Kyle Thompson (South Carolina)          73-73 - 14613.     Troy Kelly (Washington)                 73-74 - 14714.     Jonathan Byrd (Clemson)                 76-72 - 148T15.    Camilo Benedetti  (Florida)             77-72 - 149        Billy Harvey (BYU)                      75-74 - 14917.     Wil Collins (New Mexico)                76-74 - 150T18.    Max Harris (North Carolina)             75-76 - 151        Chad Collins (Methodist)                74-77 - 151T20.    Andy Sanders (Houston)                  77-75 - 152        Matt Krauss (Duke)                      76-76 - 152        Eric Ecker (South Carolina)             75-77 - 152        Chris Wisler (East Tennessee St.)       73-79 - 152        Jeremy Anderson (UNLV)                  73-79 - 152

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