April 24, 2016
New London, N.C. – Chris Petefish fired his second 3-under-par 69 of the weekend, and Georgia Tech remained steady with a 1-over-par score of 289 Sunday to finish in fourth place at the 53rd Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
TECH LINEUP — Petefish, a sophomore from Danville, Calif., started hot with four birdies in his first five holes in matching his best round of the year to finish 54 holes on the Old North State Club at 4-under-par 212. It was his second top-10 finish of the year.
Michael Hines (Acworth, Ga.) birdied the final two holes Sunday and shot 71 (-1) for the Yellow Jackets, who also counted a 74 from Vincent Whaley (McKinney, Texas) and a 75 from James Clark (Columbus, Ga.). Jacob Joiner did not count after posting a 78.
Whaley posted a 54-hole score of 218 (+2) to tie for 25th, while Clark tied for 29th place at 219. Hines was another stroke back at 220 to tie for 31st place, and Joiner tied for 39th at 223.
TEAM LEADERBOARD — Clemson shot a 25-under 839 on the weekend to claim its first title since 2004 and the 10th in program history. The 12th-ranked Tigers posted rounds of 273, 284, and 282, placing three of their players among the top 10 individuals, and four shot under par for 54 holes. They won by 11 shots over 11th-ranked Wake Forest (850, -14), while seventh-ranked Florida State finished third at 859 (-5).
Tech was even par for the tournament at 864, outdistancing four teams ranked ahead of the Yellow Jackets nationally. No, 20 Duke finished fifth at 865 (+1), followed by Louisville (866, +2), No. 34 NC State (869, +3), No. 25 North Carolina and No. 24 Virginia (both at 870, +4).
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD — Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who tied for individual medalist honors last year, posted a 10-under 206 to claim the title. The junior from Rueil-Malmaison, France, entered the final round tied for sixth at 3-under, four strokes behind the leader, but shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday.
Sciot-Siegrist played in the same early pairing as NC State’s Jacob McBride, who shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and finished tied for second for the tournament with Duke’s Jake Shuman. Sciot-Siegrist is the fourth in league history to win back-to-back individual titles and the first since Clemson’s Charles Warren in 1997-98.
COACH Bruce Heppler SAYS — “This was the most competitive we have played since the USCC in the fall, a really positive experience for us to be competitive against some really good teams. We really need to work hard over the next couple of weeks to be ready for the challenge of an NCAA regional.”
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION — The ACC Championship was contested over 54 holes and played for the 15th straight year and for the 20th time overall at the Old North State Club, a 7,102-yard, par 72 layout in adjacent to Badin Lake in New London, N.C.
Six of the 12 teams competing in the conference championship appear in the most recent Golfstat top 25 — Florida State (7), Wake Forest (11), Clemson (12), Duke (20), Virginia (24) and North Carolina (25). Others in the top 50 include NC State (34) and Georgia Tech (48). Virginia Tech is No. 121, and Notre Dame is No. 138.