Oct. 7, 2011
Macon, Ga. – Seth Reeves fired a 7-under-par 65 Friday, matching his career-best round, to take the individual lead and lift 21st-ranked Georgia Tech to a two-shot lead over Florida State after the first round of the Brickyard Collegiate golf tournament.
The left-handed sophomore from Duluth, Ga., was flawless Friday on the 7,175-yard Brickyard at Riverside course, posting three birdies on the outward nine, then two birdies and an eagle coming in. Reeves was two shots better than Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force and Brooks Koepka of FSU.
“I only hit two of first five greens, and had a lot of really solid up-and-downs,” said Reeves, who shot rounds of 70-74-72 last fall to tie for 16th place. “We did a lot of short-game work this week which gave me a lot of confidence. I hit the ball well and putted well today. On the eagle, I hit a really good drive and was only about 190 yards out for the second shot, and I hit a really good shot in there to about 15 feet.”
All-American James White shot a 1-under 71 for Tech, while freshman Anders Albertson and senior William Miller each added even-par 72s to count for the Yellow Jackets, who turned in an 8-under-par 280 for the round. Sophomore Richard Werenski didn’t count for Tech Friday, but was solid in his fall debut with a 73.
Tech is two shots ahead of the 15th-ranked Seminoles (6-under 282) and four clear of North Florida (4-under 284) in the 15-team field, which includes eight teams ranked in the nation’s top 50. Defending NCAA champion Augusta State is fourth at 4-over 292, followed by No. 22 Georgia at 7-over 295.
“We had several guys play well,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “Obviously Seth had a great round, but other than that, I think they can play better than that. But we’ve gotten off to a good start. Overall, I thought they managed the golf course very well.”
Miller’s 72 was his best career round by two shots. The senior from Venetia, Pa., who has played just six career rounds as a counting member of the travel team, won the team’s qualifying tournament earlier this week.
Play continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the final 18 holes scheduled for Sunday at the same time.