ATLANTA — Former Conway golfer Bryce Molder, who won his first PGA Tour victory a week ago, will be part of the 2011 class of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Molder and baseball’s Mark Teixeira, as well as Atlantic Coast Conference tennis player of the year Benjamin Cassaigne, Georgia Tech’s all-time leading receiver Harvey Middleton and two-time All-ACC punter Rodney Williams make up the 2011 class of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
The group of former student-athletes will be inducted on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
"Bryce Molder and Mark Teixeira are two of the greatest student-athletes in the history of the Institute and continue to represent Georgia Tech extremely well on the professional level today," Tech director of athletics Dan Radakovich said.
Molder and Teixeira were cornerstones for Georgia Tech’s golf and baseball teams that were highly competitive on the national level at the turn of the century. Molder played on Yellow Jacket golf teams that won two ACC titles, were runner-ups at the NCAA Championship in 1998 and 2000 and won 14 tournaments in four years. Teixeira helped the Tech nine win 129 games between 1999 and 2001, including a 2000 season in which the Jackets won 50 games, captured the ACC Championship and hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time.
A first-team All-American in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Molder is one of only four players in NCAA Division I golf history to be named a first-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association four times. A native of Harrison, now living in Scottsdale, Ariz., Molder also was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. As a senior, Molder captured all of the National Player of the Year Awards in 2001 (Fred Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Award, Golfweek Player of the Year, Dave Williams Award). He won the Jack Nicklaus Award twice (also in 1998) and was named ACC Player of the Year three times (1999, 2000, 2001). He tied David Duval’s school record of eight career tournament victories, including an ACC Championship in 2000. Molder set the all-time NCAA season (69.43, since broken) and career (7 0.69) scoring average records, both of which still stand at Tech, and was an Academic All-American in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Molder earned two top-10 finishes in NCAA Championships (1998, 2001), and helped Tech to a second-place, a third-place and a fourth-place finish at the championship in his four years. He also posted three top-five NCAA regional finishes and four top-10 ACC Championship finishes in four years. Molder helped Tech win 14 tournaments in his four years. He was named Academic All-America Team Member of the Year in 2001 and was a Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar in 2000, 2001. He is one of three Tech athletes ever to win the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award (2001) and one of only two college golfers to win the award (Tech’s Roberto Castro is the other). Molder played on the U.S. Walker Cup team and the U.S. Palmer Cup Team in 1999 and 2001.