Johns Creek, Ga. – Two match victories proved to be just enough to give fifth-ranked Georgia Tech a 2-1-2 victory over No. 20 Florida in the consolation match Tuesday and secure the Yellow Jackets a third-place finish at the ninth annual East Lake Cup.
Sophomore Hiroshi Tai (Singapore) was able to get the first point for the Yellow Jackets with a 2&1 victory over the Gators’ Tyler Wilkes. Tai and Wilkes were knotted through the 12th hole, but Tai won the 13th with a par to go 1-up, and 15 with a par to go 2-up, and held on. Senior Christo Lamprecht (George, South Africa) followed suit shortly after closing out Ian Gilligan, 4&2, his second match win in the event. He never trailed against Gilligan, clinching the match with a par at 16.
Down one hole heading to 18, senior Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) birdied the par-5 18th to tie the match with Matthew Kress and give Georgia Tech the half point. Freshman Carson Kim (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tied his match with Parker Bell to confirm the overall contest victory for the Yellow Jackets. Luke Poulter finished off the freshman stroke play medalist Kale Fontenot (Lafayette, La.), 2&1, for the Gators’ only full point.
The win avenged a 3-2 loss to the Gators at the NCAA Championship last May, and allowed Georgia Tech to head into its offseason with a win after falling in its semifinal match to top-ranked North Carolina, 3-2, Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets return to action in February.
THEY SAID IT
“I think they showed up after the disappointment from yesterday. It was a long day. Had a chance to win that match and play for the title today, but they all kind of geared themselves up as the last day of the fall. I was happy with how everybody played.” – Head coach Bruce Heppler on Tech’s rebound from a disappointing loss to North Carolina
“It’s always nice to have a home crowd and a golf course that you’re familiar with. It just kind of eases you up a little bit.” – Christo Lamprecht on playing in Atlanta
“These are really good teams we’re playing against, so I think we can use it as motivation to keep working hard in the offseason, and hopefully, come April, May or June, we’ll be ready and play a bit better next time.” – Hiroshi Tai on the experience