Georgia Claims Isleworth Collegiate Title

Oct. 26, 2004

WINDERMERE, Fla. - Georgia's Chris Kirk knocked in an uphill five-footer for par on the final hole to shoot a 1-under-par-71 Tuesday and claim a share of medalist honors, as the top-ranked Bulldogs cruised to a 10-stroke victory in the inaugural Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth Country Club.

Oklahoma State freshman Pablo Martin, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead, posted an even-par 72 Tuesday and finished the 54-hole tournament at 7-under-par. He put the pressure on Kirk with a tap-in for par on the 18th hole, forcing the Georgia sophomore to make his putt for a share of the crown.

Georgia was the only team in the 16-team field that contained nine top 25 teams to finish in red numbers. The Bulldogs posted a 1-under-par team score of 863. Oklahoma State was runner-up, one shot ahead of Georgia Tech (874). Texas finished fourth and Augusta State rounded out the top five. Wake Forest finished seventh and its co-host UCF tied for 13th with North Carolina State.

UCF senior Andreas Hoegberg was the Golden Knights' highest finisher. He began the day tied for ninth at even par and wound up tied for 15th after carding a 3-over-par-75 Tuesday. Freshman Giwon Suh was the next highest UCF finisher. He tied for 39th at 13-over-par.

A longer course and more wind than what was faced on Monday contributed to higher scores Tuesday as the average score for the final round was more than one stroke higher than the previous two rounds over the Isleworth layout. The average score for the field Tuesday was 77.16.