March 21, 2011
Ball Ground, Ga. – Paul Haley and Richard Werenski took easy victories at the bottom of the lineup, and James White won his third straight match Monday as Georgia Tech defeated East Tennessee State, 3-0-2, in the third round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.
The third-seeded Yellow Jackets, who defeated Washington State and lost to Southern California Sunday, advanced in the consolation bracket and will face fifth-seeded Texas A&M Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. The winner will finish fifth in the event. The Aggies, national champions in 2009, defeated top-seeded UCLA, 3-1-1, Monday, after having beaten Pacific and losing to Illinois on Sunday.
Texas Tech and Duke will meet for the championship Tuesday. The ninth-seeded Red Raiders advanced with a 3-2 victory over Illinois Monday, while the 10th-seeded Blue Devils got by USC, 3-1-1. The Illini and the Trojans will play for third place.
“We played a lot better today,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “We might have made more birdies today than we did in 36 holes yesterday, so I’m pleased with the way they responded. We’ve got a great team tomorrow in Texas A&M, and hopefully we can finish this up with a good win.”
Haley, who is 2-1 in the event, found himself down two holes after he and Lucas Armstrong had played five holes, but the senior from Dallas, Texas, won seven of the next 10 holes and closed out the Buccaneers’ freshman with a birdie at the par-3 fifth hole. Werenski, a freshman from South Hadley, Mass., never trailed against ETSU’s Patrick Spraggs, taking the lead for good on their fifth hole and finishing off his opponent with a birdie at the par-5 fourth.
White, who went back and forth with the Bucs’ Paul O’Kane in their first 10 holes, improved to 3-0 in the event after taking control of his match with a birdie at the par-4 14th, then taking advantage of bogeys by O’Kane at the par-4 first and the par-3 third to finish it off.
John-Tyler Griffin and Kyle Scott halved their matches against Spencer Lawson and Devon Komline, respectively. Griffin seemed well on his way to a win, getting ahead by three holes with six to play, but could not hold on. Scott had a 1-up lead heading to their last hole, but bogeyed the par-4 sixth to leave them tied.
CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.
GEORGIA TECH d. EAST TENNESSEE STATE, 3-0-2
James White (GT) d. Paul O’Kane (ETSU), 3 and 1
John-Tyler Griffin (GT) and Spencer Lawson (ETSU), halved
Kyle Scott (GT) and Devin Komline (ETSU), halved
Richard Werenski (GT) d. Patrick Spraggs (ETSU), 5 and 3
Paul Haley (GT) d. Lucas Armstrong (ETSU), 5 and 3