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Carpet Capital Collegiate

Staple of the college golf schedule for more than 30 years

The Carpet Capital Collegiate was a staple of the fall collegiate golf schedule for many of the nation’s top golf programs for more than 30 years, annually hosting one of the toughest fields on one of the most challenging golf courses that stage college events.

“With the excellent ACC and SEC teams in the tournament, outcome played a significant role in which teams are selected for postseason competition,” said Tech head coach Bruce Heppler.

Georgia Tech won the event nine times, including the last three (2017, 2018, 2019) before the tournament was discontinued, and was the runner-up five other times.

Future PGA stars such as Tech’s Stewart Cink, Troy Matteson and Ollie Schniederjans, Clemson’s Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley and D.J. Trahan, Alabama’s Justin Thomas and NC State’s Tim Clark won medalist honors. But former Yellow Jacket Bryce Molder captured the event three consecutive times between 1998 and 1999.

Three different formats were used for the event. In the inaugural 1989 event, the low five of six scores by round were used for team totals, while the four low scores on each hole were used in 1991. All others used the standard low four-of-five rounds each day counting toward the team score.

The Carpet Capital Collegiate was played at The Farm Golf Club, the 6,896-yard, par-72 course designed by Tom Fazio, located in Rocky Face, Ga., just outside the city of Dalton in Northwest Georgia. The tournament took its name from the city, which is home to some of the largest carpet manufacturers in the world. The Farm frequently was recognized as one of the nation’s premier modern facilities.

The original idea for the tournament, conceived by former Tech coach Puggy Blackmon and born with the help of many Tech alumni in the Dalton area, was to pit the six best teams each from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference, with the winner claiming bragging rights.

The event was envisioned as a tribute to amateur and collegiate golf in the South, particularly Georgia, where Bobby Jones and The Masters contributed to the heritage of the sport. The event grew to include many nationally prominent programs outside the ACC and SEC area, and better than half of the tournament participants each year were ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.

The Carpet Capital Collegiate champions trophy was named for Lowell Fritz, golf professional at Dalton Golf and Country Club. Fritz was dedicated to junior golf and the youth of the Dalton area. Boys or girls, members or non-members, Fritz and spent many hours of his personal time to teach the game of golf.

CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE RESULTS

YearTeam Champion (Score)Medalist (Score)
1989*Florida (377-381-357—1115)Bo Fennell, Georgia Southern (71-75-69—215)#,

Bruce Kennerson, Duke (73-71-71—215)

1990North Carolina (282-287-308—877)Mike Sposa, Tennessee (68-67-74—209)
1991+Georgia Tech (289-276-278—843)Pat Moore, North Carolina (70-64-74—208)
1993!Clemson (290-283—573)Danny Ellis, Clemson (70-67—137)
1994Georgia Tech (288-291-301—880)David Seawell, South Carolina (69-68-73—210)
1995Georgia Tech (295-278-303—876)Stewart Cink, Georgia Tech (74-65-73—212)
1996Clemson (278-296-295—869)Tim Clark, N.C. State (69-70-73—212)
1997Auburn (289-309-289—887)Oscar Sanchez, Wake Forest (73-72-68—213)
1998Clemson (285-286-284—855)Lucas Glover, Clemson (69-71-72—212),

Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech (74-69-69—212)

1999 (spring)Georgia (290-275-293—858)Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech (66-71-67—204)
1999 (fall)Georgia Tech (279-288-283—850)Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech (68-68-68—204)
2000Georgia Tech (286-280-304—870)Kyle Thompson, South Carolina (69-69-70—208)
2001Georgia Tech (280-282-296—858)D.J. Trahan, Clemson (69-69-72—210)
2002Clemson (287-282-281—850)Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech (72-64-69—205),

Bill Haas, Wake Forest (66-70-69—205)

2003Florida (295-277-281—853)Jason Hartwick, Texas (71-65-67—203)
2004Georgia (290-297-292—879)Rhys Davies, ETSU (74-70-73—217)
2005Georgia State (284-289-283—856)Mark Haastrup, Georgia State (71-67-67—205)
2006Alabama (276-285-280—841)Chris Kirk, Georgia (68-70-67—205)
2007Alabama (292-295-282—869)#Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech  (65-69-74—208)
2008Chattanooga (291-283-290—864)Kyle Stanley, Clemson (73-66-69—208)
2009Tennessee (290-287-274—851)Nils Floren, Texas Tech (73-69-68—210),

Darren Renwick, Tennessee (71-70-69—210)

2010Alabama (280-287-289—856)Lee Bedford, Wake Forest (72-66-68—206)
2011Auburn (290-279-282—851)Justin Thomas, Alabama (71-70-65—206)
2012Texas (293-266-292—851)Brandon Stone, Texas (69-63-72—204)
2013Georgia Tech (280-289-281—850)Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (67-67-73—207),

Bailey Patrick, North Carolina (68-69-70—207)

2014South Carolina (291-281-276—848)Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (72-64-68—204)
2015Auburn (293-288-287—868)Jacob Joiner, Georgia Tech (66-74-72—212)
2016Virginia (276-277-280—833)Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (69-66-70—205)
2017Georgia Tech (287-284-279—835#),

Alabama (294-299-279—835)

Alejandro Tosti, Florida (66-68-71—205)
2018Georgia Tech (281-275-287—843),

Tennessee (280-276-287—843

Bryson Nimmer, Clemson (72-69-65—206)
2019Georgia Tech (284-285-292—861)Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (68-67-72—207)

TOURNAMENT RECORDS

Individual

Low Round: 63 (-9), Brandon Stone, Texas (2nd round), 2012

Low Tournament Score: 203 (-13), Jason Hartwick, Texas, 2003

Highest Winning Score: 217, Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State, 2004

Largest Margin of Victory: 5 strokes, Pat Moore, North Carolina, 1991; Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State, 2004; Kyle Stanley, Clemson, 2009; Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 2019

Team (Standard Format)

Low Round: 266 (-22), Texas, second round, 2012

Low Tournament Score: 833 (-31), Virginia, 2016

Highest Winning Score: 887, Auburn, 1997

Largest Margin of Victory: 20 strokes, Georgia Tech, 2019

Slimmest Margin of Victory: Alabama defeated South Carolina in a playoff, 2007

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