Feb. 11, 2004
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Georgia Tech shot an opening day 16-under par and holds a 10-shot over UCLA while UC Davis is 12 strokes off the pace following the first day of play at the 2004 Taylor Made / Waikoloa Intercollegiates played on the par 72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course on the big island.
All four scoring Yellow Jackets finished under par, including Nicholas Thompson who blitzed the field with an 8-under par, 64. Even without Thompson, Georgia Tech's depth would have them tied for first. UCLA, ranked No.2 entering the tournament, shot an opening-round of 6-under par, 282, one shot ahead of both Washington (283) and Arizona State (283). All four of the top teams are currently ranked among the Top 8 in the nation.
UC Davis (284) had its best round of the season with a 4-under par, 284, finishing the first day tied with Stanford (284), 12 shots off the lead. TCU (285), Southern California (286), Hawaii-Hilo (289) and a trio of teams, Arkansas (293), Tulsa (293) and the University of Nagoya (293) round out the Top 10.
Individually, Thompson holds a four-stroke lead over Washington's Brock Mackenzie (68) and UCLA John Poucher (68). Six players are five strokes off the lead with 3-under par, 69's, including Georgia Tech teammates Chan Wongluekiet and Michael Barbosa, along with Stanford teammates Zack Miller and Kevin Blue.
UC Davis was led by seniors Scott Gordon and freshman Louie Bishop as each player fired opening rounds of 2-under par, 70, placing them tied for 11th. Junior Eric Restrepo is just two strokes behind after an even-par 72 on Wednesday, matching the score of teammate Steven Strong as both players are tied for 32nd. Senior Chris Kilkenny is tied for 76th after a round of 4-over par, 76.
"It was a good first day for us," said UC Davis head coach Cy Williams. "This is one of the toughest fields in collegiate golf and today we competed at a high level. Now we need to sustain that through the next two rounds."
Play continues at the Waikoloa Intercollegiates through Friday.
UC DAVIS GOLF
2004 Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiates
February 11-13, 2004
at Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course
Par 72 7,074 yards
TEAM SCORES: 1. Georgia Tech, 272; 2. UCLA 282, T3. Washington, 283; T3. Arizona State, 283; T5. UC DAVIS, 284; T5. Stanford, 284; 7. Texas Christian, 285; 8. Southern California, 286; 9. Hawaii-Hilo, 289; T10. Arkansas, 293; T10. Nagoya, 293; T10. Tulsa; T13. Oregon, 294; T13. Rhode Island; T15. Pepperdine, 295; T15. Nevada, 295; T17. Oklahoma, 296; T17. Texas Tech, 296; 19. Oregon State, 298; 20. Houston, 303; 21. Hawaii, 306.
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Nicholas Thompson, Ga. Tech, 64; T2. Brock Mackenzie, Washington, 68; T2. John Poucher, UCLA, 68; T4. Zack Miller, Stanford, 69; T4. Kevin Blue, 69; T4. Chan Wongluekiet, Ga. Tech, 69; T4. Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa, 69; T4. Michael Barbosa, Ga. Tech, 69; T4. J.J. Killeen, TCU, 69; T4. Charly Simon, Arizona St., 69... T11. Scott Gordon, 70; T11. Louie Bishop, 69; T32. Eric Restrepo, 72; T32. Steven Strong, 72; T76. Chris Kilkenny, 76.