March 13, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. – Freshman James Clark led three Georgia Tech golfers with sub-par rounds with a 69 Friday, but the Yellow Jackets, ranked fourth in the nation in two polls, shot 1-under-par 287 as a team and stands in a tie for ninth place after the opening round of the Seminole Intercollegiate.
TECH LINEUP – Clark’s (Columbus, Ga.) 3-under-par 69 was his low round of the year and put him among the leaders, tied for sixth place, while senior Anders Albertson shot 2-under-par 70 (T15) and freshman Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.) carded a 1-under 71 (T20). Each player had just one bogey on his card. The Jackets also counted a 77 from freshman Jacob Joiner (Leesburg, Ga.), and senior Drew Czuchry (Auburn, Ga.) did not count with a 78. Sophomore Michael Hines (Acworth, Ga.), competing as an individual, shot 74.
Georgia Tech, which stood as low as 4-under-par during its round Friday and was in fourth place before slipping late, followed a pattern of tough opening rounds this year. The Yellow Jackets have averaged 288 (+10 collectively) in the opening round of its six tournaments this year, and posted its highest score in the first round five times in six events.
Tech endured an up-and-down round Friday, playing the front nine in 2-under-par and the back in 1-over, recording 13 birdies, four bogeys and four double-bogeys (all on Joiner’s card).
TEAM LEADERBOARD – East Tennessee State grabbed a five-stroke lead with a 12-under-par total of 276, while Louisville (7-under 281) is in second place, Mercer (6-under 282) is in third. Host Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is tied for fourth place with James Madison at 4-under 284. No. 14 South Carolina (3-under 285) is tied for sixth with Illinois State, and No. 8 South Florida (2-under 286) is in eighth place. Tech is tied with Virginia in ninth place.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – ETSU’s Gudmundur Kristjansson blistered the Southwood Golf Club with a 9-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead over Mercer’s Trey Rule (67). FSU’s Jack Maguire and Anthony Alex and South Carolina’s Will Starke are tied for third place after shooting 68. Clark is on a 9-player logjam in sixth place.
COACH Bruce Heppler SAYS – “We just didn’t get the fourth score we needed today. James and Chris played very solid rounds, lots of positives for them. There are opportunities to make birdies on this course, we just need to convert them. We’re looking forward to doing that the next couple of days.”
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), South 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.
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