March 12, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s golf team, ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation, continues its spring schedule Friday through Sunday at the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – The Seminole Intercollegiate is a typical 54-hole collegiate event, with the low four scores out of five counting each day. The event is played at Southwood Golf Club (7,172 yards, par 72) in Tallahassee, Fla. The 17-team field features nine teams in the current Golfweek/Sagarin top-50, including host Florida State (No. 2), Georgia Tech (4), Soith Florida (8), South Carolina (14), Virginia (24), Florida (36), East Tennessee State (39), Louisville (45) and Troy (50). The rest of the field includes Cincinnati, George Washington, Illinois State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Mercer, Penn State and Western Kentucky.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY – Georgia Tech is playing in the Seminole Intercollegiate for the second time in four years, having finished second to the host Seminoles among 18 teams in 2012 with a 22-under-par score of 830. Anders Albertson is the only Tech player competing this week who played in the 2012 event, tying for sixth place with a 5-under-par score of 208.
TEAM UPDATE – Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 in this week’s Golfstat rankings, No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings and fourth in the GCAA coaches poll. The Yellow Jackets finished second by seven shots to Georgia in their first spring event at Puerto Rico. In the fall, the Jackets won twice (DICK’S Sporting Goods Challenge Cup, Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational) and finished as the runner-up once (Carpet Capital Collegiate) in five events.
TECH LINEUP – Senior Anders Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.), named this week as a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, will lead a travel team that includes senior Drew Czuchry (Auburn, Ga.) and freshmen James Clark (Columbus, Ga.), Jacob Joiner (Leesburg,Ga.) and Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.). Sophomore Michael Hines (Acworth, Ga.) will compete as an individual.
Albertson has started every Tech team event over the course of his career and owns the third-best career scoring average (71.55) in Tech history. Petefish has the best scoring average among the Yellow Jacket freshmen, 71.44 over nine rounds. Czuchry has the only top-10 finish among the four counting team members outside of Albertson, who has two this year and 10 for his career.
Ollie Schniederjans, the world’s No. 1 amateur player, is not with the team this week. He is making his first PGA Tour start at the Valspar Championship, using an exemption he received for winning the collegiate Valspar Invitational last spring. He will re-join the Jackets next week to defend his title at that event.
HEPPLER ON THE TOURNAMENT – “This tournament fills the spot where we have played in Las Vegas. Last year, with a much more experienced team, we went to Puerto Rico and shot 41-under, then we went to Las Vegas and shot 53-over. I don’t know that Las Vegas is a place where you go with a bunch of inexperienced guys. We’ve got some young guys who are trying to find their way. The other consideration is that the national championship is in Florida this year, so this is one more chance to play on Bermuda grass. It’s a good field, with four or five top 25 teams, so it’s not a cakewalk by any stretch. So we felt like this was the place for us to play this year. Plus we have a chance to play the No. 2 team in the country (FSU) in their back yard.”
HEPPLER ON THE YELLOW JACKETS – “We decided to exempt Anders from the qualifying process, so we qualified for the next two, and James Clark and Jacob Joiner earned those, and Chris Petefish finished third. Drew and Michael played off for the last spot, Drew got the fifth spot, and Michael will play as an individual. It’s a little different group than played in Puerto Rico, but it gives some more guys a chance to develop a resume as we work to figure out who needs to play at the end of the year.”
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