July 29, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Richard Werenski and Michael Hines will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship Tuesday in Massachusetts and Tennessee, respectively, trying to increase the Yellow Jackets’ representation in the nation’s oldest national championship to six.
Werenski, a senior from South Hadley, Mass., who has a tie for fifth at the Southern Amateur and a tie for 12th at the Northeast Amateur on his resume this summer, will attempt to qualify at Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, Mass., while Hines, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga., will attempt to qualify at Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tenn., on the same day. There are 98 sectional qualifiers taking place nationwide, the last of which are being contested Tuesday.
Tech already has four members of its team in the field. Bo Andrews tied for second and won a playoff to grab one of two spots available last Tuesday in Midlothian, Va. The next day, Anders Albertson, Seth Reeves and Ollie Schniederjans finished 1-2-3 in the 36-hole qualifier at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga.
The 113th U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 12-18, 2013. Matt Kuchar won the 1997 amateur title at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill. Bobby Jones won the championship four times in 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1930.
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Anders Albertson, Bo Andrews, Seth Reeves and Ollie Schniederjans are set to compete in the 111th Western Amateur Championship beginning Tuesday at The Aloatian Club in Roland, Ark., Thirteen of the world’s top 20 amateurs will compete (Schniederjans is ranked 17th) among the 156-player field, which will play 36 holes before the field is cut to the top 44 players and ties for the final 36 holes. After 72 holes, the top 16 players will compete for the title via match play, with the championship match set for Sunday.
Georgia Tech kept its hold on first place in the Rivals Cup rankings this week, for the fourth consecutive week, after Matt Kuchar tied for second place (-13) and Roberto Castro (-12) tied for sixth place at the RBC Canadian Open. Nicholas Thompson tied for 28th place and Cameron Tringale tied for 44th. The Rivals Cup ranks NCAA Division I golf programs based on cumulative FedEx Cup points earner by their alumni on the PGA Tour.
FedEx Cup rankings through the RBC Canadian Open – Matt Kuchar 2nd, Roberto Castro 41st, Cameron Tringale 54th, Nicholas Thompson 71st, Stewart Cink 73rd, Bryce Molder 97th, Troy Matteson 159th, Paul Haley 218th.
Chesson Hadley (-16) tied for 26th at last weekend’s Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour. The 2009 Tech graduate remains in third place on the Web.com Tour money list, and Tech ranks fifth in the Rivals Cup for that tour.
Bo Andrews and Richard Werenski logged solid performances last weekend at the 55th Porter Cup in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Andrews tied for 20th place with a 1-under-par score of 279, while Werenski tied for 29th (282, +2) in defense of his 2012 title.
Matt Kuchar is the only Tech alumnus in the field for this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Kuchar qualified not only as a two-time PGA Tour champion this year, but for his Official World Golf Ranking standing (6th) and as a member of the 2012 Ryder Cup team.
About Georgia Tech Golf
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 19th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 26 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times.