Tech Golfers Set to Defend ACC Title

April 22, 2010

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ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s 17th-ranked golf team will begin defense of its 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Friday when the ACC Men’s Golf Championship begins at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C.

The 54-hole event runs through Sunday, with 18 holes being played each day, on the 7,100-yard, par-72 Old North State Club course. Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com. Live webstreaming will be available for free on Saturday, April 24 from 2 p.m. to the conclusion of play and Sunday, April 25 from 2 p.m. to conclusion of play on theACC.com. Please visit the ACC website: www.theACC.com for complete details. The championship is free and open to the public.

The Yellow Jackets, No. 17 this week in the Golfstat rankings and No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, won its third title in four years and fifth in the last 10 in 2009, outlasting Clemson by three strokes. Chesson Hadley and Cameron Tringale tied for third place, one shot off the lead, at 9-under-par 207, while James White tied for sixth at 4-under 212.

Hadley, who has two top-10 finishes in three ACC championships, and White both return to anchor the Tech team this year along with juniors John-Tyler Griffin, Paul Haley and Kyle Scott.

Griffin is ranked 25th nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, while White is 38th. They rank fifth and sixth among ACC individuals in stroke average, Griffin at 72.16 and White at 72.36. They each have six top-20 finishes this year, while Griffin has five finishes in the top 10 and White two. Hadley, third on the Tech squad with a 73.23 stroke average, has a pair of top-20 showings, while Scott, averaging 73.76, has three top-10s, and Haley has three top-20s.

Maryland and Virginia will be in the first group which starts at 8:30 a.m. The second wave of Georgia Tech, Duke and Wake Forest will start at 9:10 a.m. while the third wave of NC State, Boston College and Virginia Tech will tee off at 10:10 a.m. The final group will include Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina with a scheduled tee time start of 11:10 a.m.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s rounds begin at 8:30 a.m., with pairings based on cumulative team standing after the previous round.

Old North State Club is hosting the championship for the 14th time overall and for the ninth consecutive year. Five of Tech’s ACC titles have occurred at Old North State, and the Yellow Jackets 11 titles in history ranked second among conference schools behind Wake Forest (18). Tech has won six of its conference titles under Heppler.

2010 ACC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS:

GROUP ONE: Maryland, Virginia
Tee Times: 8:30am/8:38am/8:46am/8:54am/9:02am

GROUP TWO: Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest
Tee Times: 9:10am/9:20am/9:30am/9:40am/9:50am

GROUP THREE: NC State, Boston College, Virginia Tech
Tee Times: 10:10am/10:20am/10:30am/10:40am/10:50am

GROUP FOUR: Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina
Tee Times: 11:10am/11:20am/11:30am/11:40am/11:50am

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