June 10, 2013
THE FLATS – With two tournament victories and an appearance in the match play semifinals at the NCAA Championship on its resume this year, Georgia Tech’s golf team finished the 2012-13 year ranked No. 4 in the Golfstat rankings, and No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
It is the 10th time since 2000 that Tech has been ranked in the Golfstat top 5 at the end of the spring, and also the 10th time the Yellow Jackets have finished in the top 10 of both rankings in the same time span.
Head coach Bruce Heppler’s 17th Tech team reached the NCAA Championship finals for the 14th time, and produced a top-8 finish in the championship for the 10th time. In the five years that the NCAA has used the current stroke-play/match-play format, the Yellow Jackets have advanced to match play three times, finishing third (2010), second (2011) and second (2013), respectively in the stroke-play competition.
Tech’s final ranking was fueled in part by its strength of schedule, which is rated the sixth-toughest in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. The Jackets finished with a 58-27-5 head-to-head record against the nation’s top 25 teams, 89-32-6 against the top 50.
Albertson, Schniederjans Named Third-Team All-Americans by Golfweek
Albertson finished the year ranked 27th, while Schniederjans was 29th. Albertson won the Atlantic Coast Conference individual title and had five t op-10 finishes, while Schniederjans had six top-10s, including a tie for eighth at the NCAA Championship, which led the Tech team.
Both players previously earned All-Region honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America and were named to the All-ACC team.
Seth Reeves, a junior on the Tech team, earned honorable mention All-American honors from the GCAA via his top-15 finish (T13) at the NCAA Championship. The GCAA will announce its first, second and third All-America teams later this month.
U.S. Open – Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Nicholas Thompson and Matt Weibring are in the field for second major tournament of the year and our national championship, which begins Thursday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
FedEx St. Judes Classic recap – Paul Haley, Nicholas Thompson and Roberto Castro were all in the top 11 after 54 holes, but faded on Sunday. Castro finished tied for 18th, Thompson tied for 27th and Haley tied for 35th, while Cameron Tringale tied for 51st. Haley posted his best finish on Tour this year, and each made a positive move in the FedEx Cup standings.
Regions Tradition (Champions Tour) – Larry Mize tied for 31st with scores of 72-70-69-73 (284, -4) in the Champions Tour’s first major of the year
Web.com Tour – Chesson Hadley will look to post his fourth straight top-10 finish this week at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan. Hadley ranks eighth on the Web.com Tour in earnings.
PGA Tour Canada – David Dragoo (68-78) and Chan Song (70-79) both missed the cut in the tour’s first event of 2013, the Times Colonist Island Savings Open
Amateur ->Seth Reeves tied for 13th place at the Palmetto Amateur in Bluffton, S.C., with a 2-over-par score of 212 (69-72-71), seven shots off the pace.