Feb. 2, 2012
Waikoloa, Hawai’i – Bo Andrews fired his second straight 69, and James White his second straight 70, but Georgia Tech lost one shot to par Thursday and is in a tie for fifth place following the second round of the 22nd annual Amer Ari Invitational golf tournament.
Tech, the nation’s 9th-ranked team, was the only team in the top eight of the 20-team field not to break par Thursday, slipping to 10 shots off the lead held by top-ranked Texas. The Longhorns shot 1-under-par 287 Thursday and completed 36 holes at 19-under-par 557, three strokes clear of No. 4 UCLA, which posted a 3-under-par 285 Thursday.
Southern California (-3 Thursday) is in third place at 15-under-par, followed by Washington (-1 Thursday) at 14-under-par. Tech is tied for fifth with Stanford (3-under round Thursday) at 9-under-par for the tournament.
“We got off to a pretty strong start in some difficult conditions, but made some mistakes that cost us as the round went along,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “Bo and James played very well in the wind. One more day to get better and learn for everyone.”
Andrews, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., had four birdies and a bogey in his round Thursday, moving into a seven-player tie for sixth place at 6-under-par 136, three shots behind UCLA’s Pontus Wiedegren, who added a 69 to his opening 66. The Longhorns’ Toni Hakula, USC’s Jeffrey Kang and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers are tied for second place one shot back (-8), while Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan is alone in fifth place at -7.
White, with four birdies and two bogeys, is tied for 19th place at 4-under 140 individually. Werenski fell to a tie for 39th (even par), while Albertson is tied for 45th and Schniederjans tied for 66th. Seth Reeves, playing as an individual, is tied for 26th place at 2-under 142 following his 73 Thursday.
Friday’s final round begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.