Jackets One Stroke Back in Golfweek Preview Invitational

Sept. 27, 2010

Complete results and Tuesday tee times

Stillwater, Okla. – John-Tyler Griffin and Richard Werenski each shot 2-under-par 70s on Monday, leading Georgia Tech to a 1-under-par score of 287 and a move up to second place after 36 holes at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked eighth in the nation according to Golfstat, surged from 10 shots behind host Oklahoma State at the beginning of the round into the lead at one point Monday, but stumbled over the final three holes and are one stroke behind the Cowboys heading into Tuesday’s final round.

“Sixteen and 17 are hard holes, but we got a few birdies on the last hole to help us,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “We’ve got a chance to have some success tomorrow, which is what you want every time. I’m happy for this group that we’re getting to play some really meaningful golf here in the early going.”

Oklahoma State shot 8-over 296 on the day, and has a 36-hole total of 584, 8-over-par. Tech is tied with Georgia at 9-over 585. The Bulldogs recorded the day’s best round at 3-under 285. UCLA is fourth (11-over 587), Texas A&M fifth (15-over 591) and Augusta State sixth (16-over 592).

The 54-hole event concludes Tuesday at the difficult 7,403-yard, par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Club, site of next spring’s NCAA Division I Championship. The 15-team field features 14 teams in the 2010-11 Golfweek top 30 preseason rankings, including seven of the top 10 and four of the top five.

The performances by Griffin, a senior from Wilson, N.C., and Werenski, a freshman from South Hadley, Mass., vaulted both into the top five individually. With a 36-hole total of 1-over 145, they are tied for second place, two strokes behind the Bulldogs’ Hudson Swafford, who shot a 68 Monday and stands at 1-under 143 for the tournament.

Werenski recorded seven birdies in his round to counter three bogeys and a double-bogey. The freshman double-bogeyed the seventh hole, then responded with four straight birdies.

Paul Haley shot 73 Monday, while Kyle Scott duplicated his first-round 74. The two seniors are tied for 13th place at 4-over 148.

Before Sunday, Tech had never broken 300 in any single round at the Karsten Creek Course. The Yellow Jackets shot 307-307-302 in the Ping/Golfweek Preview event held here in the fall of 2002 (an 11th-place finish), then posted scores of 310-306-302-300 at the NCAA Championship (11th place).

PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW INVITATIONAL
Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.
36-hole Results

TEAM STANDINGS
Oklahoma State 288-296 – 584 (+8)
Georgia Tech 298-287 – 585
Georgia 300-285 – 585
UCLA 300-287 – 587
Texas A&M 297-294 – 591
Augusta State 304-288 – 592
Oregon 300-299 – 599
Texas 310-290 – 600
Texas Tech 303-300 – 603
Virginia 313-296 – 609 Arizona State 307-307 – 614
UNLV 321-303 – 624
Clemson 324-303 – 627
TCU 312-317 – 629
Southern California 331-305 — 636

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Hudson Swafford, Georgia 75-68 – 143 (-1)
John-Tyler Griffin, Georgia Tech 75-70 – 145
Ben Kohles, Virginia 73-72 – 145
Richard Werenski, Georgia Tech 75-70 – 145
Pontus Widegren, UCLA 75-70 – 145
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 75-71 – 146
Patrick Reed, Augusta State 79-67 – 146
Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State 72-74 – 146
Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State 69-78 – 147
Russell Henley, Georgia 79-68 – 147
Gregor Main, UCLA 74-73 – 147
Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State 77-70 — 147

GEORGIA TECH SCORES
T13 Paul Haley 75-73 – 148
T13 Kyle Scott 74-74 – 148
T26 James White 74-76 – 150

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