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Golfers Grab First-Round Lead at Carpet Capital Collegiate

Sept. 9, 2011

Complete results and tee times

Rocky Face, Ga. – Newcomers Drew Czuchry and Ollie Schniederjans posted rounds of 3-under-par 69 and 2-uynder-par 70, respectively, on Friday, lifting 4th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate golf tournament.

Tech fired an opening 2-under-par 286 at The Farm Golf Club (6,906 yards), edging ahead of Chattanooga and Clemson (287) in a 12-team field that is spread out by just 15 shots from top to bottom. Georgia was three strokes back at 289, followed by Auburn (290), Alabama (291) and Tennessee (293). LSU (294), South Carolina (295), Middle Tennessee State (297), Wake Forest (298) and Kennesaw State (301) round out the field.

“It was a pretty positive day. We had a lot of guys who have waited a long time to play, and some who were out here for the first time,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “We made four birdies on 12, which was a scoreable hole, and you have to make good there. The keynote of last year’s team was that drop score, and we had a low one again today. We made a mistake or two on the last two holes, but they’re hard holes and we covered for each other. It was a good start for everybody.”

Playing his first round in a Yellow Jacket uniform after playing at Akron as a freshman, Czuchry grabbed a share of second place, one shot off the lead. The sophomore from Auburn, Ga., bogeyed two of his first four holes, then recorded five birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way. He is tied with Georgia’s Michael Cromie, one shot behind Chattanooga’s Stephen Jaeger, who shot 68.

Schniederjans, who enrolled in January and enjoyed a successful amateur season during the spring and summer, had four birdies and two bogeys in his first collegiate round. The freshman from Powder Springs, Ga., is tied with Clemson’s McCuen Elmore and Corbin Mills, Middle Tennessee’s Hunter Green, Auburn’s Will McCurdy and South Carolina’s Caulder Moore.

Tech sophomore Bo Andrews shot a 73 and is tied for 22nd place, while freshman Anders Albertson and Seth Reeves each posted 74s to tie for 27th place.

The Jackets begin Saturday’s second round at 9 a.m. on the 10th tee. Click here for tee times and live scoring.

CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE
The Farm Golf Club, Rocky Face, Ga.

TEAM STANDINGS
1 Georgia Tech 286 286 -2
T2 Chattanooga 287 287 -1
T2 Clemson 287 287 -1
4 Georgia 289 289 +1
5 Auburn 290 290 +2
6 Alabama 291 291 +3
7 Tennessee 293 293 +5
8 LSU 294 294 +6
9 South Carolina 295 295 +7
10 Middle Tennessee St. 297 297 +9
11 Wake Forest 298 298 +10
12 Kennesaw State 301 301 +13

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
1 Stephan Jaeger Chattanooga 68 68 -4
T2 Michael Cromie Georgia 69 69 -3
T2 Drew Czuchry Georgia Tech 69 69 -3
T4 McCuen Elmore Clemson 70 70 -2
T4 Hunter Green Middle Tennessee St. 70 70 -2
T4 Will McCurdy Auburn 70 70 -2
T4 Corbin Mills Clemson 70 70 -2
T4 Caulder Moore South Carolina 70 70 -2
T4 Ollie Schniederjans Georgia Tech 70 70 -2
T10 Jacob Burger Clemson 71 71 -1
T10 Franco Castro LSU 71 71 -1
T10 Tom Lovelady Alabama 71 71 -1
T10 Justin Thomas Alabama 71 71 -1
T14 Thomas Birdsey Wake Forest 72 72 E
T14 Davis Bunn Chattanooga 72 72 E
T14 Michael Hebert Auburn 72 72 E
T14 Danny Keddie Tennessee 72 72 E
T14 Bryden Macpherson Georgia 72 72 E
T14 Garrick Porteous Tennessee 72 72 E
T14 Benjamin Weilguni Chattanooga 72 72 E

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