Sunday afternoon, Matt Kuchar secured his 8th career PGA tour victory at the Mayakoba Classic, held in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. At Tech, Kuchar was a two-time first-team All-American for the golf team. In 1998, he won the Haskins Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Despite consistently finding himself at the top of leaderboards, Kuchar had gone nearly four and a half years since his last PGA tour victory. When his three-foot par putt rattled in on the 18th hole Sunday, Kuchar’s face was filled with both joy and relief. After the win, he said “being four years removed since my last victory I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR.” Hopefully, the win on Sunday is the first of multiple this season. Maybe he will even pick up a major title that has eluded him his whole career.
Unless you have been living under a rock since Saturday night, you probably did not manage to miss this piece of news. The Yellow Jackets took down the Miami Hurricanes 27-21 to move to 6-4 and become bowl eligible for the 20th time in the last 22 seasons. Tech was able to force three Miami turnovers, which led to 13 of their 27 points. Georgia Tech also used Saturday night’s game to honor Calvin Johnson and his induction into the college football hall of fame. He received his College Football Hall of Fame plaque in an on-field ceremony in addition to “21” decals placed at the 21 yard line.
MaChelle Joseph and the Yellow Jackets defeated Appalachian State 71-53 on Sunday afternoon in the season home opener. The win was a nice bounce-back after a double overtime loss at Houston on Friday night to kick off the season. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun, who came to the Flats as a five-star recruit and a McDonald’s All-American, led the Jackets with 21 points. Junior Francesca Pan, who led Tech in scoring a season ago, added 17 points herself. Next up for Georgia Tech is Western Carolina, who comes to town on Wednesday for a 7pm tip.