Golfers Escape Washington State in Callaway First Round

March 20, 2011

Ball Ground, Ga. – James White defeated Kent Hagen, 4 and 2, and Richard Werenski outlasted Hank Frame, 1-up, to give 3rd-seeded Georgia Tech its only two wins, but the Yellow Jackets advanced to the second-round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship Sunday after winning a tiebreaker over 14th-seed Washington State.

The match ended in a 2-2-1 tie, but White’s score in the No. 1 match provided the margin of victory in the tiebreaker for the Yellow Jackets, who avoided the upset and moved on to face No. 10 Southern California in the second round of the championship bracket Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies got 1-up victories from Nick Ellis over John-Tyler Griffin at No. 2 and Branden Dalton over Paul Haley at No. 5, while Kyle Scott and Trent Sanders halved their match at No. 4.

Tech was the only higher seed to win in its half of the bracket. The No. 11 Trojans defeated No. 6 Iowa, 4-1, No. 10 Duke beat No. 7 Texas, 5-0, and No. 15 East Tennessee State took down No. 2 Alabama, 3-2. The winner of the Tech-USC match will face the Duke-ETSU winner in Monday’s semifinal.

In the top half of the bracket, top-seeded UCLA shut out No. 16 South Carolina, No. 9 Texas Tech got by No. 8 Georgia, 3-2, No. 4 Illinois blanked No. 13 Baylor, 5-0, and No. 5 Texas A&M defeated No. 12 Pacific, 4-1.

The first-round losers move on to compete in the consolation bracket.

CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.
First-Round Results

GEORGIA TECH 2 ½, WASHINGTON STATE 2 ½
Georgia Tech advances on tiebreaker

James White (GT) d. Kent Hagen (WSU), 4 and 2
Nick Ellis (WSU) d. John-Tyler Griffin (GT), 1-up
Kyle Scott (GT) and Trent Sanders (WSU), halved
Richard Werenski (GT) d. Hank Frame (WSU), 1-up
Branden Dalton (WSU) d. Paul Haley, (GT), 1-up

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