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@GT_GOLF Drops to 10th at Kiawah Island

Nov. 2, 2015

Kiawah Island, S.C. – Sophomore Jacob Joiner carded his second straight 1-under-par 71 Monday, but ninth-ranked Georgia Tech posted an 11-over-par 299 and dropped to 10th place after 36 holes at the Kiawah Classic by Aramark.

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TECH LINEUP – Joiner, a sophomore from Leesburg, Ga., turned in a solid round with four birdies and three bogeys while moving into a tie for 12th place individually at 2-under-par 142, eight shots off the lead.

Junior Vincent Whaley (McKinney, Texas) shook off a poor opening round to shoot 73 (+1) Monday, and the Yellow Jackets counted a 77 from sophomore James Clark (Columbus, Ga.). Sophomores Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.) and Michael Pisciotta (Alpharetta, Ga.) each shot 78, one of which counted for Tech’s team total.

TEAM LEADERBOARD – Host Charleston Southern continued to take advantage of the comforts of home, compiling a 9-under-par score of 279 Monday to build a five-stroke lead over 22nd-ranked Virginia, which shot 282 (-6). The Buccaneers have a 10-under-par total of 566 through 36 holes, while the Cavaliers are at 571 (-5). Sixth-ranked Duke used a 6-under 282 Monday to move into a tie for third at 575 (-1) with Augusta University.

The rest of the 22-team field is over par with the College of Charleston in fifth at 579 (+3) followed by Georgia Southern (581), Maryland (586), Virginia Tech (587), Loyola of Maryland (591) and the Yellow Jackets (592).

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – Augusta’s Robin Petersson, who had a share of the opening-round lead with a 68, added a 66 Monday to take the 36-hole lead to himself at 134 (-10). First-round co-leader R.J. Keur is in second place at 9-under 135 after firing a 67 Monday, and Maryland’s David Kocher shot 66 Monday to move into third place at 138 (-6).

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – Georgia Tech is making its first-ever appearance in the Kiawah Classic, played at the 7,061-yard, par 72 Turtle Point Golf Club at Kiawah Island, S.C. The tournament is a 54-hole event, 18 holes each day, with play concluding at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with a shotgun start.

The 22-team field includes No. 22 Virginia and Virginia Tech (86) from the Atlantic Coast Conference as well as host Charleston Southern (61), Augusta (33), Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern (77), Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola of Maryland (88), Maryland (84), Missouri (71), Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond and USC Upstate.

Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 21st year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 16 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 28 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times. Connect with Georgia Tech Golf on social media by liking their Facebook page, or following on Twitter (@GT_Golf). For more information on Tech golf, visit


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