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Thompson Leads Tech Golfers Into First Place at Gary Koch Intercollegiate

Oct. 20, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. – Georgia Tech junior golfer Nicholas Thompson carded a pair of rounds in the 60s to lead a trio of Yellow Jackets in the top six as Tech stormed to a 12-shot lead after two rounds of play at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate in Tampa, Fla. The 54-hole event is being contested at the par-72, 7,036-yard Old Memorial Golf Club.

“The team has worked real hard all fall and they’ve learned some things about how to hang in there,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “I think today showed what we’re capable of, so I was real happy with the way we played.”

Paced by a pair of opening-round scores of 5-under-par 67 by Thompson and freshman Kevin Larsen, the Jackets matched the third-lowest single-round score in school history with a 16-under-par 272 to begin the day. Tech followed that with a 5-under-par, 283 in the afternoon to stand at 21-under-par, 272-283-555 after 36 holes. That total is 12 shots better than Arkansas, which is in second place at 9-under-par, 282-285-567 and top-ranked Florida, which is in third place at 8-under-par, 276-292-568.

Thompson was stellar on the day, as he finished with his opening-round 67 and a second-round total of 3-under-par, 69, to stand at 8-under-par, 67-69-136. He is tied with one other player in second place, just one shot off the lead of John Assey of the College of Charleston (67-68-135).

Larsen was equally solid on the first day of play, carding a pair of sub-par rounds, including a second-round total of 2-under-par, 70 to stand at 7-under-par, 67-70-137 through two rounds. That score ties him with one other player for fourth place in the individual standings. One shot behind Larsen is fellow rookie Roberto Castro, who is tied for sixth place following a 36-hole score of 6-under-par, 68-70-138.

The final two members of the Yellow Jacket contingent in the field are sophomore Thomas Jordan, who is tied for 32nd place at 2-over-par, 72-74-146 and junior Chan Wongluekiet, who is tied for 37th place at 70-77-147.

The Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate will conclude on Tuesday with the final round of play. Full tournament results are available at www.gatorzone.com

TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES1       Georgia Tech    272-283=5552       Arkansas        282-285=5673       Florida         276-292=5684       LSU     283-287=570        TCU     281-289=5706       Georgia State   289-285=5747       Kentucky        285-291=5768       NC State        293-289=5829       Florida State   292-291=58310      So. Florida     296-290=58611      Coll. Of Charleston     283-304=58712      UCF     294-294=58813      Mississippi     295-297=592        North Florida   299-293=59215      Alabama         295-298=593

TOP-1O INDIVIDUALS 1 John Assey Charleston 67-68=135 2 Fernando Mechereffe NC State 69-67=136 Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 67-69=136 4 Kevin Larsen Ga. Tech 67-70=137 Adam Meyer TCU 68-69=137 6 Seth Murphy Arkansas 71-67=138 Roberto Castro Ga. Tech 68-70=138 8 Matt Every Florida 69-70=139 9 Heath West LSU 68-72=140 Colby Beckstrom TCU 66-74=140

GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUALS T32 Thomas Jordan 72-74=146 T37 Chan Wongluekiet 70-77=147

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