March 20, 2011
Ball Ground, Ga. – James White won both of his matches Sunday, helping 3rd-seeded Georgia Tech defeat 14th-seeded Washington State in the first round, but the Yellow Jackets came up short in its second-round match with a 3-2 defeat to 11th-seeded Southern California at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.
White, the nation’s 8th-ranked player, captured a 4 and 2 victory over Washington State’s Kent Hagen as the Yellow Jackets advanced in their first-round match, and then closed out USC’s T.J. Vogel, 2 and 1, in the No. 1 match. Paul Haley also won his contest against the Trojans, getting a 1-up victory over Sam Smith in the No. 5 match.
But USC advanced into the semifinals of the championship bracket after Jeffrey Kang routed Kyle Scott, 5 and 4, in the No. 3 match, Martin Trainer beat Richard Werenski, 3 and 1, at No. 4, and Steve Lim got by John-Tyler Griffin, 2-up, at No. 2.
The Yellow Jackets are now in the consolation bracket and face a Monday match against East Tennessee State. The 15th-seeded Buccaneers upset No. 2 seed Alabama, 3-2, in Sunday’s first round, but lost 4-1 to 10th-seeded Duke in the second round. If Tech can defeat ETSU and a final round match Tuesday against either Texas A&M or UCLA, it will finish in fifth place.
The Trojans, who had defeated 6th-seeded Iowa in the first round Sunday, and Blue Devils, who had knocked off 10th-seeded Texas, will meet in one championship bracket semi-final match Monday. The other semi-final features 9th-seeded Texas Tech, who got by Georgia and UCLA Sunday, and 4th-seed Illinois, who defeated Baylor and Texas A&M.
Tech needed a tiebreaker to win its first-round match against the Cougars. The teams finished in a 2-2-1 tie, but White’s victory over Hagen at No. 1 gave the Yellow Jackets an edge in holes won to break the tie. Werenski outlasted Hank Frame, 1-up, at No. 4, while the Washington State earned 1-up victories at No. 2 and 5. Scott and Trent Sanders halved their match at No. 3.
Tech was the only higher seed in its half of the bracket to win its first-round match. The Trojans defeated No. 6 Iowa, 4-1, Duke beat No. 7 Texas, 5-0, and East Tennessee State took down Alabama.
Monday’s third-round matches begin in a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 3, GEORGIA TECH 2
James White (GT) d. T.J. Vogel (USC), 2 and 1
Steven Lim (USC) d. John-Tyler Griffin (GT), 2-up
Jeffrey Kang (USC) d. Kyle Scott (GT), 5 and 4
Martin Trainer (USC) d. Richard Werenski (GT), 3 and 1
Paul Haley (GT) d. Sam Smith (USC), 1-up
GEORGIA TECH 2 ½, WASHINGTON STATE 2 ½
Georgia Tech advances on tiebreaker
James White (GT) d. Kent Hagen (WSU), 4 and 2
Nick Ellis (WSU) d. John-Tyler Griffin (GT), 1-up
Kyle Scott (GT) and Trent Sanders (WSU), halved
Richard Werenski (GT) d. Hank Frame (WSU), 1-up
Branden Dalton (WSU) d. Paul Haley, (GT), 1-up