Tech, Schniederjans Capture ACC Golf Titles

April 27, 2014

Results

New London, N.C. – Ollie Schniederjans shot a closing 3-under-par 69 Sunday to win medalist honors, and Georgia Tech posted a 15-under-par 273 to pull away for its seventh Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship in the last nine years at the Old North State Club.

Tech, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won the ACC title for the 10th time under head coach Bruce Heppler and for the 15th time in the program’s history. All five Yellow Jackets matched or broke par for the second straight day, led by junior Anders Albertson with a career-best 7-under-par 65, and three of them finished in the top 10 individually.

Seth Reeves added a 3-under 69, Bo Andrews a 2-under 70, and Richard Werenski an even-par 72 for Tech, who led by as many as 10 strokes during the final round and settled for a six-shot win over 19th-ranked Florida State. The Jackets finished 54 holes at 839 (-25), while the Seminoles, with an 11-under 277 Sunday, posted a 19-under-par 845.

Clemson was third at 851 (-13), followed by 12th-ranked Virginia Tech (857), 8th-ranked Virginia (862), Wake Forest (864), Notre Dame (872), North Carolina (876), NC state (882), Duke (884), Maryland (885) and Boston College (887).

“That was one of the best rounds we’ve played here,” said Heppler, whose team has won its last three tournaments this spring and fifth overall this year. “Florida State played really, really well and so did Clemson. They pushed all the way to the end and it wasn’t until everyone was done that we felt good about it.

“That was five guys par or better again today. Everybody keeps everybody in the game and if somebody happens to stumble, you’re okay.”

Schniederjans, after opening the tournament with a 65 on Friday, led wire-to-wire to became Georgia Tech’s 10th ACC individual champion and fourth in the last five years. The junior from Powder Springs, Ga., shot 70-69 over the final two rounds to post a 12-under-par 204 and win by five shots over Albertson and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy, who both finished at 7-under-par 209.

“We struggled with that (bad) weather on Friday, and Ollie kept us in the tournament with a 7-under-par round, which was fantastic,” said Heppler. “The last two days have been great weather, and we’ve played really, really well.”

Schniederjans also won for the third time in Tech’s last three spring events, and became the first Yellow Jacket ever to win five tournaments in one school year. His opening 65 Friday was the best round of his college career, made even more impressive when he completed it in inclement weather.

“Just super excited for the team to win and then for me to win, it’s a perfect way to finish the day,” Schniederjans said. “It’s such a nice setting out here on 18 and to look at the scoreboard and we have a five shot lead as a team and I have a five shot lead as an individual, it’s just really nice. It’s kind of what you dream about on the last hole, to walk in to finishing the round.”

His play overshadowed the best performance of the spring from his teammate Albertson, the defending ACC champion who has a tie for fourth, a victory and a tie for second in his three ACC Tournaments. The junior from Woodstock, Ga., has struggled for much of the spring and opened this tournament with a 76. But he shot 68 Saturday and a career-low 65 Sunday that included six birdies and an eagle.

Reeves wound up in a tie for seventh at 4-under 212, while Andrews tied for 18th at 1-under 215 and Werenski tied for 31st at 4-over 220.

The win made Tech an automatic qualifier for the NCAA regionals which will be held at six different sites around the country the weekend of May 15-17. The fields for those regionals will be announced May 5. The top five finishers in each regional advance to the NCAA Championship, May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan.

“We’ve got three seniors and two juniors on this team that got to the semi-finals of the NCAA last year, so they know we’ve got a lot yet to play for,” said Heppler. “We’ve got exams this week, and then it’ll be all golf, and we’re looking forward to that.”

61ST ACC MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPOld North State Club, New London, N.C. ■ 7,102 yards, par 72Final Results

Team Totals 1st 2nd 3rd Total Par 1 Georgia Tech 288 278 273 839 -25 2 Florida State 284 284 277 845 -19 3 Clemson 289 281 281 851 -13 4 Virginia Tech 298 284 275 857 -7 5 Virginia 294 292 276 862 -2 6 Wake Forest 290 283 291 864 E 7 Notre Dame 294 287 291 872 +8 8 North Carolina 291 295 290 876 +12 9 North Carolina State 293 296 293 882 +18 10 Duke 293 301 290 884 +20 11 Maryland 299 294 292 885 +21 12 Boston College 291 300 296 887 +23

Individual Leaders 1st 2nd 3rd Total Par 1 Ollie Schniederjans Georgia Tech 65 70 69 204 -12 T2 Anders Albertson Georgia Tech 76 68 65 209 -7 T2 Denny McCarthy Virginia 71 71 67 209 -7 T4 Hank Lebioda Florida State 68 71 71 210 -6 T4 Jack Maguire Florida State 72 71 67 210 -6 6 Scott Vincent Virginia Tech 73 68 70 211 -5 T7 Cristobal Del Solar Florida State 71 72 69 212 -4 T7 Seth Reeves Georgia Tech 74 69 69 212 -4 T9 Bryce Chalkley Virginia Tech 75 70 68 213 -3 T9 Patrick Grahek Notre Dame 75 71 67 213 -3 T9 Austin Langdale Clemson 74 70 69 213 -3 T9 Cody Proveaux Clemson 71 70 72 213 -3 T9 Ben Rusch Virginia 75 71 67 213 -3 T14 Stephen Behr Clemson 76 69 69 214 -2 T14 Sean Bosdosh Maryland 71 74 69 214 -2 T14 Brandon Dalinka North Carolina 71 71 72 214 -2 T14 Clancy Waugh Wake Forest 71 67 76 214 -2 T18 Bo Andrews Georgia Tech 73 72 70 215 -1 T18 Trevor Cone Virginia Tech 73 74 68 215 -1 T18 Joaquin Lolas Florida State 73 72 70 215 -1

Georgia Tech Scores 1st 2nd 3rd Total Par 1 Ollie Schniederjans Georgia Tech 65 70 69 204 -12 T2 Anders Albertson Georgia Tech 76 68 65 209 -7 T7 Seth Reeves Georgia Tech 74 69 69 212 -4 T18 Bo Andrews Georgia Tech 73 72 70 215 -1 T31 Richard Werenski Georgia Tech 77 71 72 220 +4

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