White Grabs Lead at Puerto Rico Classic

Feb. 20, 2012

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Rio Grande, Puerto Rico – All-American James White fired a 6-under-par 66 Monday and grabbed the individual lead after 36 holes at the Puerto Rico Classic, while 5th-ranked Georgia Tech posted a 1-over-par 289 and is tied for seventh place in the team standings.

White, a senior from Acworth, Ga., who won this event a year ago, took a two-stroke lead over Alabama’s Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt by birdieing seven holes, including four par-4s, on the 6,902-yard Westin Rio Mar River Course.

It was White’s sixth straight subpar round and seventh in his last eight rounds (he shot an opening 70), and left him with a 36-hole total of 136 (8-under-par). Thomas followed his opening 67 with a 71 Monday, while Wyatt has carded rounds of 70-68 and are tied for second at 6-under-par 138.

The 8th-ranked Crimson Tide also got a 67 Monday from Hunter Hamrick and shot 9-under-par for the day, taking a 13-stroke lead over host Purdue. Alabama has a tournament total of 555, 21 shots under par. The Boilermakers are at 8-under, followed by 13th-ranked Clemson (-7) and Virginia Tech (-1). Georgia is in fifth at 1-over-par, No. 34 Oklahoma is in sixth at 2-over, and the Yellow Jackets are tied with No. 21 Oklahoma State at 3-over.

Seven of the nation’s top 50 teams are in the 15-team field.

Ollie Schniederjans and Richard Werenski each shot 74 for Tech Monday, while Anders Albertson chipped in with a 75. Bob Andrews failed to count for the second straight day after a 77.

Schniederjans is tied for 29th place individually with a 2-over-par total of 146. Werenski (+3) is tied for 32nd, and Albertson (+6) is tied for 45th.

“That was a great round by James today. He really managed the golf course,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “We just haven’t gotten the most out of our good shots, and we have struggled to save strokes when it was needed. A good round tomorrow is important. We need to finish on a positive note. They are very capable of a low round.”

The final round begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

PUERTO RICO CLASSICWestin Rio Mar Resort - River Course36-hole Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 Alabama 276 279 555 -21 2 Purdue 289 279 568 -8 3 Clemson 283 286 569 -7 4 Virginia Tech 288 287 575 -1 5 Georgia 289 288 577 +1 6 Oklahoma 284 294 578 +2 T7 Georgia Tech 290 289 579 +3 T7 Oklahoma State 294 285 579 +3 9 Texas 288 292 580 +4 10 North Carolina State 292 292 584 +8 11 Ohio State 303 289 592 +16 12 UNCG 296 306 602 +26 13 North Carolina 302 308 610 +34 14 Michigan 306 309 615 +39 15 East Tennessee State 306 316 622 +46

PLAYER LEADERBOARD 1 James White Georgia Tech 70 66 136 -8 T2 Bobby Wyatt Alabama 70 68 138 -6 T2 Justin Thomas Alabama 67 71 138 -6 4 Tyler Duncan Purdue 73 66 139 -5 T5 William Sjaichudin Purdue 73 68 141 -3 T5 Trevor Cone Virginia Tech 70 71 141 -3 T5 Talor Gooch Oklahoma State 72 69 141 -3 T8 Ian Davis Oklahoma State 71 71 142 -2 T8 Bryce Chalkley Virginia Tech 72 70 142 -2 T8 Toni Hakula Texas 71 71 142 -2 T8 Dylan Frittelli Texas 70 72 142 -2 T8 Corbin Mills Clemson 70 72 142 -2 T8 Joey Garber Georgia 72 70 142 -2

GEORGIA TECH SCORES 1 James White (1) 70 66 136 T29 Ollie Schniederjans (5) 72 74 146 T32 Richy Werenski (4) 73 74 147 T45 Anders Albertson (2) 75 75 150 T60 Bo Andrews (3) 77 77 154

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