One of the nation's top-ranked amateur players, ranked sixth in the nation in the Golfweek amateur rankings at the end of his Georgia Tech career ... Was named to the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2005 (went 1-1 in his matches to help USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 12.5-11.5) and qualified for the U.S. Amateur as well.
Made the GCAA's All-America teams all four years, second-team in 2005, third-team All-American in 2004, honorable mention All-American in 2002 and 2003 ... Three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player who finished his career with the fifth-best career stroke average in Tech history (72.05) ... Twice named a GCAA All-America Scholar ... His career stroke average over 143 rounds was 72.05, the fifth-best in Tech history ... Had 15 career top-10 finishes and 26 top-20s ... His only career victory came in the fall of his senior year, the Western Refining Collegiate All-America Classic in November ... Was a runner-up twice, at the 2002 ACC Championship (T2) and the 2002 Nelson Invitational (T2) ... Finished third at the 2002 Puerto Rico Classic and tied for third at the 2004 ACC Championship.
2004-05: Finalist for the 2005 Byron Nelson Award ... GCAA second-team All-American ... All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... GCAA All-America Scholar... Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District ... Won one of the ACC's Post-Graduate Scholarship Awards ... Ranked 19th among collegiate players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, No. 4 among amateur players ... His strength of schedule rating in the Index was No. 8 ... Had the second-most wins vs. top 25, top 50 and top 100 players of any golfer in the ACC (behind teammate Roberto Castro) ... Tied for 27th at the NCAA Championship and for 33rd at the NCAA East Regional, closing with a 69 each time ... Tied for 10th at the ACC championship (4-over 220), his third top-10 finish in four years in that event ... Finished 12th or higher four times in eight events during the spring, carrying a 72.08 stroke average ... His overall average of 71.65 for all 13 events during the school year ranked third in the ACC, 35th nationally ... Finished in the top 10 five times (eight times in the top 20) in 13 events ... Had 16 rounds under par, 11 under 70 ... Won his first collegiate event in November, capturing the Western Refining Collegiate All-America Classic in El Paso, an individual-only event whose field consisted of returning All-America players from the 2003-04 season ... Shot 67-65-72 for a 9-under-par total of 204, then won in a playoff over Ryan Blaum of Duke, who won the ACC title in 2005 ... His tournament total of 204 represented a career low, and his 65 was one stroke off his career best ... Finished the fall with a team-best stroke average of 70.93, including six rounds under par ... Tied for sixth at the Puerto Rico Classic in the spring, an event Tech won ... Tied for third at the Jerry Pate National in the fall, and was fifth at the Isleworth Collegiate.
2003-04: All-ACC for the second time ... Third-team All-American and an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... Honorable mention All-American by Golfweek magazine ... Academic All-District III by CoSIDA ... Stroke average of 71.17 led the team and was the third-best in the ACC, and also was the eighth-best in Tech history ... Averaged 71.08 in 25 spring rounds, best on the team ... His 11 rounds in the 60s was third-most among ACC players, and his 15 rounds under par was the fifth-most in the conference ... Matched or bettered par in 21 of 36 rounds played, including a low of 64 in the first round of the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate ... Averaged 71.25 in the first round of tournaments, 71.75 in the final round ... Tech's top player in the NCAA Championship at The Homestead Resort, tying for 17th place at 4-over-par 284, including an opening round 70 and a third-round 68 ... In Tech's last five events, matched or beat par in 11 of 16 rounds (4 under par collectively), averaged 70.50 and finished no lower than a tie for 17th (in the NCAA East Regional and NCAA Championship) ... Was the only Tech player under par for the year, a collective minus-6 ... Led Tech with nine top-20 finishes and five top-10 showings in 12 events; those figures doubled his career totals from his first two years at Tech ... Best showing of the spring was a tie for third at the ACC Championship (8-under-par 208) ... Counted for the team in 35 of 36 rounds played ... Finished the year ranked No. 18 in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
2002-03: A GCAA honorable-mention All-American for the second-straight year ... Earned the honor after a tie for 12th at the NCAA Championship with a 72-hole score of 77-77-72-70--296 ... Was one of the Yellow Jackets' top performers in 2003, playing in all 12 tournaments ... Earned All-ACC honors for the first time in his career ... Ranked second on the team with two top-10 finishes and four top-20 placements ... Matched his career-best finish with a tie for second at the Nelson Invitational to close out the fall ... Recorded a career-best 54-hole score of 11-under-par 66-69-67--202 in that event ... Tied for sixth at the rain-shortened Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with his 36-hole score of 4-under-par, 70-68--138 ... Carded a career-best round of 8-under-par 64 in the second round of the Augusta State Invitational, finishing tied for 28th in that tournament with a score of 77-64-72--213 ... Third top-20 finish of the year came in a tie for 11th at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, as he carded a 54-hole score of 3-under-par, 74-67-70--211 ... Ranked second on the team with a 72.72 scoring average and had 16 rounds of par or better on the year, including seven rounds in the 60s ... His career scoring average of 72.76 is the sixth-best all-time at Tech.
2001-02: Earned GCAA honorable-mention All-America honors as a rookie ... Played in ten events for the Yellow Jackets in 2002 ... Ranked fifth on the team with a 72.81 stroke average, one of five Tech players under 73 on the year ... Had three top-10 finishes and five top-20 outings ... Recorded his top finish of the year at the ACC Championship, placing in a tie for second at a season-best 9-under-par, 67-69-71--207 ... His opening-round 67 was a personal season best ... The score of 207 was the lowest by a freshman at the ACCs in program history ... Second-best finish was a third-place effort at the Puerto Rico Classic, as he finished with a 6-under-par score of 70-70-70--210 ... Recorded the only hole in one by a Tech player in 2002 during the first round in Puerto Rico as he aced the par-three 14th hole ... The 207 total at ACCs ties for the second-lowest 54-hole score on the team this year ... Second top 10 of the year came in a tie for 10th at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, with a score of 68-78-72--218.
Previous NCAA experience: Tied for 23rd at the 2002 East Regional in Roswell, Ga. (6-over-par 222) ... Tied for 43rd at the 2003 East Regional in Auburn, Ala. (4-over-par 220) ... Tied for 51st at the 2002 NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio (5-over-par 289) ... Tied for 12th at the 2003 NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla. (8-over-par 296) ... Tied for 17th at the 2004 East Regional in New Haven, Conn. (5-over-par 215) ... Tied for 17th at the 2004 NCAA Championship in Hot Springs, Va. (4-over-par 284).
Amateur 2005: Delayed turning professional in a quest to make the United States Walker Cup team, to which he was named in July, and played in the U.S. Amateur one last time ... Captured the William C. Campbell Trophy for lowest aggregate score (14-under-par) from the Northeast Amateur, the Players Amateur and the Porter Cup ... Finished fifth at the Players Amateur, tied for fifth at the Porter Cup and tied for 18th at the Northeast Amateur ... Also tied for first at the Sunnehanna Amateur but lost in a playoff to Anthony Kim, and won the Jones Cup in a playoff in February.2004: Advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot, defeated Tech teammate Roberto Castro, 2 and 1, and Bronson LaCassie of Australia, 3 and 2, before falling to Jeff Overton of Evansville, Ind., 3 and 2 ... Tied for 31st in the stroke play portion of the tournament (72-76 -- 148) after winning his sectional qualifying event at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (9-under 135) ... Tied for fourth at the Porter Cup (67-68-68-74 -- 277) ... Tied for 37th at the Players Amateur in Bluffton, S.C. (71-71-75-77 -- 294) ... Tied for 27th at the Northeast Amateur (72-70-68-72 -- 282) ... Finished third at the Sunnehanna Amatuer in Johnstown, Pa. (71-68-68 -- 207) ... Advanced to sectional qualifying for U.S. Open by finishing second (69) in local qualifying May 14 in Boynton Beach, Fla. ... 2003: Reached the U.S. Amateur for the fourth time with a second-place finish at the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Fla. ... Carded a 36-hole score of 142 in the qualifier ... Advanced to match play for the third-straight year ... Top finish of the summer came at the Southern Amateur, as he placed second with a 7-under-par score of 70-67-69-67--273 ... Was only one shot off of the lead in the tournament ... 2002: Qualified for the U.S. Amateur for the third time by tying for second at Grande Oaks G.C. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... Missed the 36-hole cut for match play at the U.S. Amateur, with a 36-hole total of 73-74--147 at Oakland Hills C.C. ... Recorded a pair of top-12 finishes, including a tie for eighth at the Northeast Amateur with a score of 71-68-68-70--277 ... Tied for 12th at the Sunnehanna Amateur with a 72-hole total of 72-69-68-73--282 ... 2001: Played primarily in amateur tournaments during the year ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur at East Lake for the second time in his career ...R eached the second round of match play, defeating Scott Hailes (2 & 1) in the first round before dropping his second-round match to Nick Watney ... Top finish was the second round of match play after tying for sixth at the North & South Amateur with his score of 3-under-par, 70-70--140 ... Finished 11th at the Players Amateur with a score of 1-under-par, 69-69-71-74--283 ... Recorded three junior tournament top-10 finishes, including a second-place effort at the Doral/Publix Junior Classic (69-73-71--213) ... Member of the East Canon Cup Team for the second time ... 2000: First-team Polo Golf Junior All-American ... Recorded first career national win as he captured the title at the AJGA Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship with a score of 70-69-70--209 ... Member of the U.S. Izzo Cup Team and the East Canon Cup Team ... Reached the semifinals of the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic ... 1999: Had three top-10 finishes during the year ... Top finish was a second-place effort at the AJGA Rome Junior Classic at Stonebridge with a score of 70-73--143 ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach.
Personal: Full name is Nicholas David Thompson ... Born December 25, 1982 ... Parents are Scott and Judy Thompson ... Dean's List student who received his bachelor's degree in Management in May of 2005.
Collegiate Tournament Results
|T24||Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational (+8)||71-74-73 - 218|
|T3||Jerry Pate National Collegiate (-7)||67-71-68 - 206|
|5||Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (-2)||74-70-70 - 214|
|T17||Carpet Capital Collegiate (+6)||73-74-75 - 222|
|na||Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship||1-2-1|
|1*||Western Refining Collegiate All-America Classic (-9)||67-65-72 - 204|
|T11||Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate (-13)||68-69-66 - 203|
|T6||Puerto Rico Classic (-5)||70-71-70 - 211|
|T25||Southern Highlands Collegiate (+6)||74-72-76 - 222|
|T12||Oregon Duck Invitational (+1)||74-69-74 - 217|
|T45||Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (+10)||76-75-75 - 226|
|T10||ACC Championship (+4)||74-73-73 - 220|
|T33||NCAA East Regional (E)||72-72-69 - 213|
|T27||NCAA Championship (+10)||75-69-77-69 - 290|
|T31||Bank of Tennessee at the Ridges (+4)||70-73-77 -- 220|
|T12||Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational (+3)||74-69 -- 143|
|8||Carpet Capital Collegiate (-5)||75-68-68 -- 211|
|T6||Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate (-5)||67-69-75 -- 211|
|T14||Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate (-4)||64-77-71 -- 212|
|T24||Puerto Rico Classic (+3)||75-74-70 -- 219|
|T24||Southern Highlands Collegiate (+2)||74-67-77 -- 218|
|T4||Western Intercollegiate (E)||70-70-70 -- 210|
|T8||Atlanta Intercollegiate (-5)||73-66-72 -- 211|
|T3||ACC Championship (-8)||71-68-69 -- 208|
|T17||NCAA East Regional (+5)||72-73-70 -- 215|
|T17||NCAA Championship (+4)||70-73-68-73 -- 284|
|T36||Carpet Capital Collegiate||77-71-72--220|
|T6||Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate||70-68--138|
|T11||Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate||74-67-70--211|
|T24||Puerto Rico Classic||73-76-73--222|
|T24||Toyota Collegiate Championship||73-67-77--217|
|T61||Morris Williams Intercollegiate||74-75-76--225|
|T28||Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational||77-64-72--213|
|T43||NCAA East Regional||71-76-73--220|
|T23||Carpet Capital Collegiate||75-69-79--223|
|T49||Jerry Pate Intercollegiate||75-76-79--230|
|T26||Long Cove Invitational||76-72-74--222|
|T20||Taylor Made/Waikoloa Inter.||72-73-74--219|
|3||Puerto Rico Classic||70-70-70--210|
|T12||Las Vegas Collegiate||69-71-77--217|
|T10||Ping/U.S. Collegiate Champs.||68-78-72--218|
|T23||NCAA East Regional||75-72-75--222|
Low Round: 64, Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational (2nd round), 2003; Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate (1st round), 2004
Low Tournament: 202, Nelson Invitational, 2003
Best Finish: *1, Western Refining Collegiate All-America Classic, 2004
*won in a playoff