Georgia Tech Takes Lead at ACC Golf Championship

April 20, 2018

New London, N.C. – New London, N.C. — Luke Schniederjans fired a 7-under-par 65 Friday to share the first-round lead individually, lifting No. 5 Georgia Tech to a 12-under-par total of 276 and a one-stroke lead at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club.

Play resumes with the second round Saturday at 9 a.m., with the Yellow Jackets teeing off at 10 a.m. paired with Clemson and Notre Dame. Live online streaming coverage will be provided via ACC Network Extra beginning at 2 p.m.

ACC Men’s Golf Championship site | Live Scoring | Watch online Saturday (2 p.m.) | Coach Heppler audio

TECH LINEUP — Schniederjans, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga., started fast by playing the front nine bogey-free with five birdies, then added three birdies to offset one bogey in the incoming nine at the 7,102-yard, par-72 Old North State Club. His 65 tied the best round ever for a Georgia Tech player in an ACC Tournament, joining a group of four alumni that includes his brother Ollie and fellow PGA Tour pro Cameron Tringale.

Chris Petefish, a senior from Danville, Calif., and the only Yellow Jacket with previous competitive experience at Old North State, opened with a 3-under-par 69 Friday, recording five birdies and a pair of bogeys on his card to match his best effort in an ACC Tournament round.

Sophomores Tyler Strafaci (Davie, Fla.) and Andy Ogletree (Little Rock, Miss.) added a 2-under-par 70 and an even-par 72, respectively, for Georgia Tech’s other two counting scores. Freshman Noah Norton (Chico, Calif.) was derailed by a quadruple-bogey at the par-4 8th hole and shot 77.

Luke Schniederjans is tied for the lead at the ACC Championship with an opening round 65 (-7), tying his brother @ollie_gt & also @CamTringale for best @ACCMGolf round by a Yellow Jacket. He talks us through it. #gojackets🐝 pic.twitter.com/sz4yaTNiOX

— Georgia Tech Golf (@GT_GOLF) April 20, 2018

Senior Chris Petefish opens his final ACC Championship with a 3-under-par 69. He talks about his round and the golf course. pic.twitter.com/9wxhnHUyHn

— Georgia Tech Golf (@GT_GOLF) April 20, 2018

TEAM LEADERBOARD — Georgia Tech’s 276 (-12) was its best ACC Tournament round since it closed with a 15-under-par 273 to win the 2014 title. Strafaci’s birdie at the 18th hole put the Jackets one stroke ahead of Notre Dame, who counted four subpar rounds en route to an 11-under-par total of 277.

No. 15 Clemson, led by a 5-under-par 67 from U.S Amateur champion Doc Redman, shot 9-under-par 279 to take third place after the opening round. Wake Forest (281, -7), No. 20 Florida State (282, -6), No. 18 North Carolina (283, -5), Virginia (284, -4), NC State (285, -3) and Duke (286, -2) all broke par under fairly benign weather conditions on Friday.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD — Virginia’s Danny Walker shot a bogey-free 65, which included an eagle at the par-4 13th, is tied with Schniederjans for the first-round lead, one shot ahead of Wake Forest’s Paul McBride (66). Redman highlights a group of five players tied for fourth place with 67s, and three more individuals are tied for ninth place after carding 68s. Petefish is in a group of six players who shot 69.

COACH Bruce Heppler SAID — “We got off to a bit of a slow start, but it was there for the taking after that. They’ve done a phenomenal job getting the golf course ready after the winter that they’ve had. The greens are absolutely perfect for making putts. It’s a place where if you manage your ball, you can score well. I feel good about the way we played today. The think about this team is that sometimes you don’t know where it’s coming from, but the good news is we have five guys who, on a given day, can go out there and post a score, which is really positive.”

Luke Schniederjans hits it to 4 feet at par 3 17th for a birdie, now at -7 for opening round of ACC Championship. pic.twitter.com/D7RBNo1oDu

— Georgia Tech Golf (@GT_GOLF) April 20, 2018

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION — The 55th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship runs through Sunday, April 22, returning to the Old North State Club in New London, N.C., after one year in Clinton, S.C. Old North State is a 7,102-yard, par 72 layout adjacent to Badin Lake, about 50 miles north of Charlotte, N.C.

The championship is contested over 54 holes, 18 each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day off holes 1 and 10. Seeding for the championship is based on Golfstat rankings, with Tech currently ranked No. 5 and the top seed in the championship. The rest of the ACC, in order of Golfstat ranking, are Clemson (15), North Carolina (17), Florida State (19), Wake Forest (28), Duke (29), NC State (35), Louisville (47), Virginia (48), Notre Dame (73), Virginia Tech (90), Boston College (139)

ACC Men’s Golf Championship — Second-Round Pairings
9:00 – 9:48 a.m. = Duke, NC State, Virginia (Starting on Hole #10)
9:00 — 9:48 a.m. = North Carolina, Florida State, Wake Forest (Starting on Hole #1)
10:00 – 10:48 a.m. = Louisville, Virginia Tech, Boston College (Starting on Hole #10)
10:00 – 10:48 a.m. = Georgia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame (Starting on Hole #1)

Ten of Georgia Tech’s 16 ACC men’s golf championships have been won at the Old North State Club, most recently in 2015, when the Yellow Jackets won the title in a playoff over Clemson. Wake Forest leads all schools with 18 league titles and 22 individual champions. Georgia Tech, which has won 14 outright ACC Championships and shared two more, has produced 11 individual medalists since joining the conference in 1979. North Carolina is third with 11 titles (10 outright), followed by Clemson with 10 (nine outright) and Duke, the 2017 champion, with nine.

Pairings and tee times for Saturday and Sunday will be based on team score. The video coverage of the championship will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge for admission for fans.

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