March 15, 2009
Georgia Tech’s Cameron Tringale fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday capture medalist honors, but the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets shot 300 as a team and finished in a tie for sixth in the team race at the Southern Highlands Collegiate golf tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tringale, a senior who won twice during his freshman year and again at the Brickyard Collegiate in the fall, rallied from a three-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his fourth collegiate tournament with an 11-under-par total of 205. It mattered not that the senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., bogeyed the final two holes. He was nearly perfect for the first 16, recording six birdies and no bogeys to build an insurmountable lead.
For the year, the All-American has 12 rounds of par or better out of 21, and has shot seven rounds in the 60s. It also was his fifth top-10 finish in seven events. His 68 Sunday was the best round of the day.
Matthew Giles of Southern California (72 Sunday) tied for second with Morgan Hoffman of Oklahoma State, the 36-hole leader who shot 76 Sunday, at 6-under 210, five strokes behind Tringale.
“Cameron realizes this is his last spring and has played like it,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “He has dedicated himself to playing great golf.”
Meanwhile, Tech was unable to sustain its fine play in the opening round. The Yellow Jackets counted an 81 from freshman Minghao Wang, who dropped to a tie for 29th overall at 8-over-par 224, a 74 from senior David Dragoo and a 77 from freshman James White. Sophomore John-Tyler Griffin also shot an 81.
Host UNLV, who trailed Oklahoma State by 12 strokes after Saturday’s second round, fired a 6-under-par 282 Sunday and overtook the third-ranked Cowboys by one, finishing the tournament at 9-under-par 855. OSU shot 295 Sunday and finished second at 8-under 856. Top-ranked Georgia shot 283 Sunday and finished third at 6-over 870. No. 11 Florida (+8) finished fourth, followed by No. 2 Southern California (+15).
Tech’s 300 Sunday allowed the Jackets merely to maintain their position from Saturday, while fourth-ranked Clemson, the first-round leader, collapsed with a team score of 306 and fell into a sixth-place tie with Tech.
The Jackets are off until April 5-7, when they host the United States Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta.
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS COLLEGIATESouthern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.Final Results
TEAM STANDINGS UNLV 855 (-9), Oklahoma State 856, Georgia 870, Florida 872, Southern California 879, Georgia Tech 884, Clemson 884, UCLA 888, Arizona 892, Arizona State 894, Charlotte 904, Texas A&M 904, Texas 905, Auburn 907, California 913
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech, 205 (-11) Matthew Giles, Southern California, 210 Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State, 210 Brett Kanda, UNLV, 212 Eddie Olson, UNLV, 213 Billy Horschel, Florida, 214 Trent Leon, Oklahoma State, 214 Brian Harman, Georgia, 215 Colby Smith, UNLV, 217 Jeremiah Wooding, UNLV, 217