The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational
Hosted by Georgia Tech
Tournament Information: The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational, formerly called the United States Collegiate Championship, is played at The Golf Club of Georgia, which serves as the Yellow Jackets’ home club, on the 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course.
The field is traditionally one of the strongest in college golf. In 2017, 13 of the 15 teams were ranked in the Golfstat top 50. Four of those were ranked among the top 10, with five others in the top 25. Six of the teams in the field had combined to win 10 tournaments in the fall season. Twenty-four of the nation’s top 100 players, as ranked by Golfstat, were in the field.
The 2017 field, in alphabetical order with Golfstat ranking (October 20, 2017) – Clemson (16), Duke (30), East Tennessee State (97), Florida State (23), Georgia Tech (4), Oklahoma (5), Oklahoma State (3), Stanford (15), Texas (31), Texas A&M (2), TCU (43), UCLA (22), UNLV (39), Virginia (84), Wake Forest (11).
Congratulations to our 2017 Collegiate Invitational Champions...Oklahoma State!
2017 Team Leaderboard: Third-ranked Oklahoma State, which started the day in fifth place, overtook 36-hole leader Wake Forest with a 14-under-par round of 274, finishing with a tournament total of 837 (-27), one stroke shy of the tournament record of 836 set by Georgia Tech in 2010. The Cowboys, who became the fourth team to win the event twice, went 4-under-par over the final two holes and outlasted defending co-champion Texas, which shot 6-under-par 282 Sunday and finished at 840 (-24).
The Demon Deacons, ranked 11th, got to 29-under-par on the back nine and held a five-stroke lead at one point before faltering on the closing holes, going 7-over-par on the last three holes to drop into third place. They finished at 840 (-22).
The Yellow Jackets tied No. 22 UCLA for fourth at 846 (-18), followed by No. 15 Stanford and No. 16 at 848 (-16).
2017 Individual Leaderboard: All-American Doug Ghim of Texas closed with a 70 to finish 54 holes at 13-under-par 203 and capture a one-stroke victory over Oklahoma State freshman Matthew Wolff, who carded a final-round 67 for a tournament score of 204 (-12). Duke’s Alex Smalley finished third at 11-under 205, and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris was fourth at 10-under 206.
Zach Bauchou of Oklahoma State and Brad Dalke of Oklahoma tied for fifth at 8-under 208, while Tyler and Jacob Joiner from Georgia Tech finished in a group of five players tied for seventh at 6-under 210.
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Tech's Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate History: Georgia Tech has won the USCC twice in its 10-year history, in 2010 and 2012. Clemson, Oklahoma State and Texas are the only other multiple winners, with the Tigers having captured the inaugural title in 2006 and again in 2009, and the Longhorns winning on 2014 and sharing the title with Virginia last year. James White, who set tournament records for 18-hole score (62) and 54-hole score (204, broken in 2014), won medalist honors in 2010, while Ollie Schniederjans won it in 2013 for Tech’s only individual titles.
Stay tuned for 2018 Collegiate Invitational dates!