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Griffin Contending for Medalist Honors at Brickyard Collegiate

Oct. 11, 2009

Macon, Ga. –

Chesson Hadley posted a 1-under-par 71, and Kyle Scott shot a 73 Sunday to pace Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets made up no ground on the field with a 7-over-par 295 and held 12th place at the Brickyard Collegiate golf tournament.

Tech junior John-Tyler Griffin, playing as an individual, stayed in contention for medalist honors by carding a 2-under-par 70 Sunday. He is in second place individually at 5-under-par 139, five shots behind Georgia’s Russell Henley (10-under 134), who shot a 65 on his home course Sunday.

Live scoring and Monday tee times

The 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets, continued to have problems solving the difficult front side of the 7,175-yard Brickyard at Riverside course, playing that nine holes in 5-over-par Sunday. Hadley, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., and Paul Haley, a junior from Dallas, Texas, picked up a couple of strokes for Tech at the par-5 ninth with birdies, but Scott cost himself a subpar round with a double-bogey.

Haley finished with a 76, and freshman Bo Andrews shot a 75, including an eagle at the par-5 12th.

Griffin, a junior from Wilson, N.C., who missed qualifying for Tech’s travel squad this week, has shot rounds of 69-70 at the Brickyard. Sunday, starting at No. 10, he birdied two of his first three holes, gave both strokes back with bogeys at 1 and 2, then birdied 5 and 6. Another good score in Monday’s final round will net him his second straight top-10 finish.

“I’m going to need to finish up around the hole a little better (to overtake Henley),” said Griffin after his round Sunday. “I had a couple of three-putts today. I’m not hitting it quite close enough to make as many birdies as I need to. I’m missing in the right places, but probably need to force the issue a little bit.”

Augusta State continued to dominate the team race Sunday, with four of its five players posting subpar rounds for a 7-under-par total of 281. The Jaguars, at 13-under 563, are the only team under par for 36 holes and hold a 13-stroke lead over Clemson and Chattanooga (both at even-par 576). Georgia, with a 9-under-par effort Sunday, leaped 10 spots to fourth place at 3-over.

“We just need to execute better start to finish,” said head coach Bruce Heppler.

Among Tech’s counting players, Andrews is tied for 21st place individually at 1-over 145. Hadley is tied for 44th at 4-over 148, while Scott and Minghao Wang are tied for 52md at 7-over 151. Haley is tied for 64th at 9-over 153. Sophomore James White, playing as an individual, shot 73 Sunday and is tied for 15th place at even-par 144.

Tech’s team tees off at 10 a.m. on the 10th hole Monday, while White and Griiffin’s group of individuals begins at 9 a.m., also on No. 10.

BRICKYARD COLLEGIATEBrickyard at Riverside, Macon, Ga.Second-Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS 1 Augusta State 282 281 563 -13 T2 Clemson 293 283 576 E T2 Chattanooga 291 285 576 E 4 Georgia 300 279 579 +3 5 VCU 291 293 584 +8 6 LSU 293 292 585 +9 T7 Mississippi, U. of 294 294 588 +12 T7 Florida State 296 292 588 +12 T7 Virginia Tech 296 292 588 +12 T10 North Florida, U. of 293 296 589 +13 T10 Charlotte 297 292 589 +13 12 Georgia Tech 298 295 593 +17 13 Mercer University 299 295 594 +18 14 Penn State U. 296 300 596 +20 15 Michigan 312 290 602 +26

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Russell Henley Georgia 69 65 134 -10 2 John Tyler Griffin* Georgia Tech 69 70 139 -5 T3 Lanto Griffin VCU 69 71 140 -4 T3 Patrick Reed Augusta State 69 71 140 -4 T5 Brooks Koepka Florida State 72 69 141 -3 T5 Carter Newman Augusta State 72 69 141 -3 T5 Taylor Floyd Augusta State 71 70 141 -3 T5 Kevin Foley Penn State U. 69 72 141 -3 T5 Henrik Norlander Augusta State 70 71 141 -3 T10 Luke Hopkins Clemson 73 69 142 -2 T10 Fredrik Qvicker Chattanooga 71 71 142 -2

GEORGIA TECH SCORES T21 Bo Andrews 70 75 145 T44 Chesson Hadley 77 71 148 T52 Kyle Scott 78 73 151 T52 Minghao Wang 74 77 151 T64 Paul Haley 77 76 153 2 John Tyler Griffin* 69 70 139 T15 James White* 71 73 144 *playing as individuals

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