Tech Golfers Easily Qualify for NCAA Finals

May 21, 2011

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Radford, Va. – James White fired a 4-under-par 68 Saturday, and Kyle Scott added a 1-under 71 as Georgia Tech posted its best round of the tournament, a 1-under 287 in the final round of the NCAA East Regional golf tournament, and the top-seeded Yellow Jackets easily qualified for the NCAA Championship finals.

Tech is in the finals for the 25th time in its history, and for the 24th time since 1985.

Though the Yellow Jackets shot their best round of the regional, they were unable to hold off a hard-charging Duke team, which posted an 8-under 280, the best round for any team for the weekend, and captured first place with a 1-over 865 tournament total. Tech, which had a three-stroke lead to start the day, finished four shots back at 5-over 869.

“We got off to a great start today and played well early,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “But we made some mistakes on the back side and they caught up with us. It was a very good weekend for James and Scott, very proud of them. We’re looking forward to Stillwater.”

Duke, Tech, Oklahoma, LSU and Kent State all advance to the NCAA Finals, which begin May 31 at the Karsten Creek Golf Club at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. The Sooners finished at 11-over 875, followed by the Tigers at 16-over 880, and Kent State at 29-over 893.

Host Virginia Tech finished three shots below the cutline, and 21st-ranked Virginia also failed to advance.

White, an All-ACC choice whose 68 equaled his closing effort in three of his last four tournaments, concluded his best tournament since winning the Puerto Rico Classic in February and posted his seventh top-10 finish. The junior from Acworth, Ga., posted a tournament total of 4-under 212, tied for second place with his teammate, Scott, who finished as a runner-up for the third straight time this spring. The senior from Johannesburg, South Africa, also an All-ACC selection, has broken par in seven of his last eight rounds and recorded his sixth top-5 finish this year.

They, along with Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg (67 Saturday) finished two strokes behind Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer, who shot a 3-under 69 Saturday that secured medalist honors for himself and a qualifying position for his team. Soderberg advanced to the NCAA Finals as an individual.

Tech also counted a 73 from John-Tyler Griffin and a 75 from Richard Werenski Saturday. Griffin finished the tournament tied for 17th place with a 5-over-par score of 221. Werenski tied for 28th place at 8-over 224.

Senior Paul Haley, the reigning ACC Champion, failed to count for the third straight day with his third straight 76.

Duke’s torrid pace Saturday was set by its No. 3 player, Tim Gornik, who shot a competitive course record of 66, and its fourth player, Julian Suri, who added a 68. The Yellow Jackets and Blue Devils, playing together in the final round, were each 7-under for the front nine, but Duke played solidly on the back nine while Tech stumbled in the finishing holes.

In other regionals completed by mid-afternoon Saturday: Florida, Augusta State, Kennesaw State, NC State and Arkansas advanced from the Southeast Regional in Ocala, Fla.; Michigan, Illinois, Alabama, Tennessee and Iowa advanced from the Central Regional in Bloomington, Ind.; Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Northwestern, Georgia and Arizona State advance from South Central Regional in Colorado.

NCAA East-Virginia Tech RegionalPete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Radford, Va.Final Results

Team Standings 1 Duke 295 290 280 865 +1 2 Georgia Tech 289 293 287 869 +5 3 Oklahoma 296 292 287 875 +11 4 LSU 305 291 284 880 +16 5 Kent State 296 296 301 893 +29 6 Virginia Tech 300 300 296 896 +32 7 Coastal Carolina 299 300 299 898 +34 8 Virginia 305 297 298 900 +36 9 East Carolina 302 304 300 906 +42 10 Mississippi 311 306 299 916 +52 11 UNC Wilmington 304 314 300 918 +54 12 Lamar 311 301 309 921 +57 13 Yale 313 305 305 923 +59

Individual Leaders 1 Abraham Ancer Oklahoma 70 71 69 210 -6 T2 Sebastian Soderberg Coastal Carolina 73 72 67 212 -4 T2 James White Georgia Tech 73 71 68 212 -4 T2 Kyle Scott Georgia Tech 68 73 71 212 -4 5 Julian Suri Duke 76 70 68 214 -2 T6 John Peterson LSU 75 72 68 215 -1 T6 Josh Brock UNC Wilmington 71 73 71 215 -1 T8 Tim Gornik Duke 75 75 66 216 E T8 Payne McLeod UNC Wilmington 71 74 71 216 E T10 Blake Redmond Virginia Tech 78 71 70 219 +3 T10 Joe David Mississippi 77 71 71 219 +3 T10 Ryan Sirman Oklahoma 74 75 70 219 +3 T10 Peter Williamson * Dartmouth 74 73 72 219 +3

Georgia Tech Scores T2 Kyle Scott (2) 68 73 71 212 T2 James White (3) 73 71 68 212 T17 J.T. Griffin (1) 74 74 73 221 T28 Richy Werenski (5) 74 75 75 224 T42 Paul Haley (4) 76 76 76 228

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