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Thompson-Led Tech Golfers Tie For Lead at Nelson Invit. After 36 Holes

Oct. 26, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. – Led by a 2-under-par round by sophomore Nicholas Thompson, to take over the individual lead, the Georgia Tech golf team moved into a tie for first place after 36 holes of play at the Nelson Invitational. The 54-hole event is being contested at the par-71, 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Club in Stanford, Calif.

The Yellow Jackets were able to improve their first round score by one shot on Saturday, with a 2-under-par round of 282. That puts Tech at 3-under-par, 283-282=565 after two rounds. The Jackets are tied with ACC rival Duke (278-287=565), as the two teams hold a six-shot lead over Colorado State (281-290=571) entering Sunday’s final round.

Thompson followed his opening-round 66 with a steady 2-under-par round of 69 on Saturday to claim the individual lead in the event. Thompson is at 7-under-par, 66-69=135 for the tournament and holds a one-shot lead after 36 holes of play.

Joining Thompson in the event’s top 15 is freshman Thomas Jordan, who continued to play his best golf of the year, carding a 1-under-par 70 on Saturday to join four players tied for 13th place at even-par, 72-70=142. Senior Troy Matteson is the next Yellow Jacket in the top 20, as he is part of a six-way tie for 17th place at 1-over-par, 71-72=143. Sophomore Chan Wongluekiet finished the day with an even-par 71 and is among six players in 29th place at 74-71=145. The final member of the Tech contingent is freshman Michael Barbosa, who is tied for 82nd place at 76-79=156.

The Nelson Invitational will conclude on Sunday with the final round of play. Full tournament results are available at www.gostanford.com.

TEAM SCORES AFTER 36 HOLES1   Georgia Tech             283  282    565        -3     Duke University          278  287    565        -33   Colorado State Univ.     281  290    571        +34   North Carolina State     293  279    572        +45   Kansas, U. of            288  287    575        +76  Washington, U. of        274  303    577        +97   Toledo, U. of            291  287    578       +10    Stanford University      285  293    578       +109   Miami (Ohio)             292  288    580       +1210   Notre Dame, U. of        285  296    581       +1311   Northwestern             289  293    582       +1412   Oregon State U.          292  292    584       +1613   Colorado, U. of          294  291    585       +1714   Missouri, U. of          292  296    588       +2015   Texas Tech Univ.         296  296    592       +2416   Florida Southern Col     296  298    594       +2617   Idaho, Univ. of          304  297    601       +3318   Hawaii-Hilo, U. of       308  299    607       +39

TOP-10 INDIVIDUALS 1 Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 66 69 135 -7 2 Justin Walters NC State 70 66 136 -6 Leif Olson Duke 70 66 136 -6 4 Brock Mackenzie Washington 67 70 137 -5 5 Chris Marshall Kansas 69 70 139 -3 Ron Won Stanford 68 71 139 -3 Tyler Hall Kansas 69 70 139 -3 Mark Baldwin Notre Dame 67 72 139 -3 9 Brad Heaven Toledo 73 67 140 -2 Jim Seki Stanford 70 70 140 -2

Georgia Tech Individuals T13. Thomas Jordan 72-70=142 T17. Troy Matteson 71-72=143 T29. Chan Wongluekiet 74-71=145 T82. Michael Barbosa 76-79=155

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