Golf Team Repeats as ACC Champions

April 25, 2010

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New London, N.C. –

Chesson Hadley fired a 71 Sunday to win medalist honors, and Georgia Tech posted a 2-under 286 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship by 13 strokes at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point.

The 17th-raniked Yellow Jackets won their second straight ACC title and fourth in the last five years with the victory. They began the day with a seven-stroke lead, but completed the tournament at 23-under-par 841, while No. 22 Virginia finished second at 10-under 854. Duke and Wake Forest tied for third at 9-under 855.

Hadley, a senior from Raleigh, N.C., captured his second career tournament title by finishing the championship at 10-under-par 206, two strokes clear of Virginia’s Will Collins (8-under 208, 71 Sunday). Defending champion Matt Hill of NC State finished third at 7-under 209 (74 Sunday).

In posting its 12th consecutive subpar round at the 7,100-yard, par 72 Old North State Club, Tech was paced by sophomore James White and junior Paul Haley, who each shot 2-under-par 70 Sunday. Haley finished the tournament tied for fourth place individually at 6-under 210.

Kyle Scott carded a 75 for Tech Sunday and finished tied for 12th place at 2-under 214, while White tied for 19th at even-par 216. John-Tyler Griffin, who did not count for Tech Sunday after shooting 76, tied for 23rd place at 2-over 218.

“All five guys won this one, so this was great,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “When you have five guys playing together, you’re going to win some tournaments. Paul Haley played well all week, James White gave us a good round today, and Kyle Scott played well, too.

“Chesson played a whale of a tournament. He got a putting tip from a teammate last week, and that made a difference for him. He put the hammer down this week.”

Hadley said, “We’ve played so well here, it’s kind of hard to explain. We have a lot of confidence when we come here, and we just know we’re going to play well. This is definitely the best moment of my golf career, not even close.”

Hadley is Tech’s first ACC men’s golf champion since Cameron Tringale in 2007 and the Yellow Jackets’ seventh in history. He has broken par in the last eight straight championship rounds, and he has never failed to at least match par in his 12 career ACC Tournament rounds.

“It’s fairly easy to drive the ball here, and if you get it in the fairway, you can get a lot of wedges into the greens. It’s almost like a home-course advantage for us,” explained Hadley, whose putting tip came from White. “To be a good putter, you’ve got to be all shoulder and no wrists. James told me to put the shaft of my putter in line with my forearms, and that eliminates the wrists from the stroke, I putted so well this week except for the last couple of holes. I made everything this week, it was unbelievable.”

Six of Tech’s ACC titles have occurred at Old North State, and the Yellow Jackets’ 12 team championships now rank second alone among conference schools behind Wake Forest (18). Tech has won seven of its conference titles under Heppler.

ACC CHAMPIONSHIPNew London, N.C.Final Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 Georgia Tech 279 276 286 841 -23 2 Virginia 286 280 288 854 -10 T3 Duke 280 282 293 855 -9 T3 Wake Forest 280 283 292 855 -9 5 Florida State 293 286 282 861 -3 6 Clemson 284 285 293 862 -2 7 North Carolina State 287 292 287 866 +2 8 Virginia Tech 290 286 293 869 +5 T9 Maryland, U. of 290 289 299 878 +14 T9 North Carolina 297 284 297 878 +14 11 Boston College 301 295 316 912 +48

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Chesson Hadley Georgia Tech 69 66 71 206 -10 2 Will Collins Virginia 69 68 71 208 -8 3 Matt Hill North Carolina State 66 69 74 209 -7 T4 Paul Haley Georgia Tech 71 69 70 210 -6 T4 Brinson Paolini Duke 73 66 71 210 -6 T6 Marshall Bailey Virginia Tech 72 69 70 211 -5 T6 Brendan Gielow Wake Forest 70 67 74 211 -5 T6 Brooks Koepka Florida State 73 71 67 211 -5 T6 Wes Roach Duke 69 70 72 211 -5 10 Adam Long Duke 65 71 76 212 -4 11 Ben Kohles Virginia 70 69 74 213 -3 T12 Seath Lauer Florida State 71 71 72 214 -2 T12 Ben Martin Clemson 71 74 69 214 -2 T12 Kyle Scott Georgia Tech 71 68 75 214 -2 T15 Lee Bedford Wake Forest 67 72 76 215 -1 T15 Jack Fields North Carolina 73 70 72 215 -1 T15 Adam Hogue North Carolina State 71 74 70 215 -1 T15 John Popeck Maryland, U. of 72 69 74 215 -1 T19 Jacob Burger Clemson 68 73 75 216 E

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