ATLANTA — The third-ranked Georgia Tech golf team found itself in familiar territory on Sunday, with a lead entering the final round of play in a tournament. The Yellow Jackets took advantage by recording a team round of 15-under-par 273 en route to their second-straight team title and third crown of the 2000-01 season with a win at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event was contested at the 7,100-yard, par-72, Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tech finished the tournament with a three-day score of 20-under-par, 292-279-273=844, and outdistanced top-ranked Georgia (300-288-280=868) and second-ranked Clemson (293-287-289=869) by 24 and 25 strokes respectively.
The Yellow Jacket individuals in the field were led by sophomore Troy Matteson, who recorded the top finish of his career as he placed alone in second. Matteson fired the low round of the tournament on Sunday with a 6-under-par 66 to finish at 6-under-par 72-72-66=210. That score put Matteson seven shots off the pace of individual medalist Jeff Quinney of Arizona State, who won the tourney with a 13-under-par score of 69-67-67=203.
Two other Tech players joined Matteson in the event’s top six, as senior Bryce Molder and junior Kris Mikkelsen finished fourth and sixth respectively. Molder completed play with a three-day total of 4-under-par, 75-69-68=212, and Mikkelsen was at 3-under-par, 74-69-70=213.
Senior Wes Latimer also found his way into the tournament’s top 20, as he was among five players tied for 16th place at 1-over-par, 71-74-72=217. The final Tech player in the field was junior Matt Weibring, who finished as part of a four-way tie for 33rd place at 85-69-69=223.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on March 25-27, when they travel to Austin, Texas, to compete in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the 6,906-yard, par-72, Intercollegiate Austin Country Club.