May 18, 2004
ATLANTA – Three Georgia Tech Tech golfers, Mike Barbosa, Nick Thompson and Chan Wongluekiet, have advanced through local qualifying in the past week for the 2004 U.S. Open Championship, which will be played June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Wongluekiet, a junior from Bradenton, Fla., qualified Monday, May 17, by shooting a 67 and finishing second at Griffin Country Club in Griffin, Ga. Thompson, a junior from Coral Springs, Fla., shot 69 last Friday, May 14, and finished second in the local qualifying event in Boynton Beach, Fla. Barbosa, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Fla., carded a 68 to finish third at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. last Wednesday, May 12.
Sectional qualifying tournaments will take place the week of June 8. Thompson will attempt to qualify for the final field at Settindown Creek in Roswell, Ga., while Barbosa and Wongluekiet will play in Columbus, Ga.
Thompson, the 18th-ranked collegiate player according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, and Wongluekiet, ranked No. 107, were both named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference golf team last week and, along with Barbosa and two other teammates, are preparing for this week’s NCAA East Regional tournament. Tech is the No. 4 seed in the event, which is being played Thursday through Saturday at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.