April 19, 2013
Milton, Ga. – Seth Reeves won big for the second straight week, and Anders Albertson also cruised to an easy win Friday, but 12th-ranked TCU overcame those losses to defeat No. 7 Georgia Tech, 3 ½-2 ½, in a dual golf match at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.
The match was held at the site of next month’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which will be played at Crabapple May 28-June 2. It was Georgia Tech’s final tuneup before traveling to New London, N.C., next weekend to defend its Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The Yellow Jackets have won the last four conference titles and six of the last seven.
“You can play well and lose, or you can play poorly and win (in match play),” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler, whose team lost a match by the same score last Saturday to No. 31 South Carolina at East Lake Golf Club. “I don’t know that the results mean a whole lot. I do think that playing these competitive matches was a whole lot better than sitting at home since our last tournament in Tampa.
“I liked today because the weather wasn’t very good, and you have to struggle through that and embrace the challenge of it, so that was a positive. It will be a great ACC Championship next week. We have to try and get from six (players) down to five for the tournament, and we’ll get that done before Wednesday.”
Reeves, a junior from Duluth, Ga., closed out Sarosh Adi on the 12th hole of his match, matching his 7 and 6 score against South Carolina six days earlier. Albertson, a sophomore from nearby Woodstock, Ga., who had been defeated last weekend, scored a 4 and 3 victory over TCU senior Pontus Gad to give the Yellow Jacketa a brief 2-0 lead.
Seeing the Crabapple Course for the first time and getting a final tuneup before playing in next week’s Big 12 Conference Championship, the Horned Frogs nevertheless rallied to get victories from sophomore Thomas Mantovanini and seniors Daniel Jennevret and Eli Cole.
Tech freshman Michael Hines and sophomore Ollie Schniederjans both came to the 16th hole all square in their matches against Mantovanini and TCU sophomore Julien Brun, and both fell behind a hole at the 16th and halved the 17th. Mantovanini won the 18th hole to secure a 2-up victory, while Schniederjans, a winner last week against the Gamecocks, won the 18th to even his match and earn a half-point.
No. 12 TCU 3 ½, No. 7 Georgia Tech 2 ½
Capital City Club – Crabapple Course, Milton, Ga.
Par 70, 7,320 yards
Ollie Schniederjans (GT) vs. Julien Brun (TCU), all square
Thomas Mantovanini (TCU) def. Michael Hines (GT), 2 up
Anders Albertson (GT) def. Pontus Gad (TCU), 4 and 3
Daniel Jennevret (TCU) def. Shun Yat Hak (GT), 2 and 1
Eli Cole (TCU) def. Bo Andrews (GT), 3 and 2
Seth Reeves (GT) def. Sarosh Adi (TCU), 7 and 6