April 26, 2013
New London, N.C. – Anders Albertson fired a 6-under-par 66 Friday for Georgia Tech, and Ollie Schniederjans added a 3-under 69 as the 7th-ranked Yellow Jackets stand fourth after the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Florida State, ranked 14th nationally, blistered the 7,102-yard Old North State Club with a 17-under-par total of 271 and raced out to an 11-shot lead on the field with 9th-ranked Duke and No. 31 Virginia Tech tied for second at 282. The Jackets are another two shots back with a 4-under 284, while Wake Forest (286) and Virginia (287) also broke par.
It is the first time that Tech, which has won the last four ACC titles and has either won or shared six of the last seven, has not led after a round of the championship since 2008, when the Yellow Jackets finished fourth. Tech rebounded from a poor front nine to shoot 6-under on the back, picking up four strokes to par along on the finishing par-5 18th hole.
“Hats off to Florida State on a terrific round today,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “Our guys did a nice job hanging in there today after a slow start, but in order to shoot good scores on this course, we need to start quickly as Florida State did today. We look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”
Albertson, a sophomore from Woodstock, Ga., who tied for fourth at the championship as a freshman with a 7-under-par 209, matched his career-low score with eight birdies and two bogeys on his round. He and Schniederjans, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga., each birdied four holes without a bogey on the incoming nine.
Albertson’s 66 is one shot shy of the pace set by Florida State’s Daniel Berger, who posted a 67. Schniederjans is in a group of seven players tied for fifth. The Yellow Jackets also counted a 73 from North Carolina native Bo Andrews and a 75 from freshman Shun Yat Hak.
The Seminoles have four players among the top 11 individuals after the first round, getting a 68 from Hank Lebioda and 69s from Rowin Caron and Chase Seiffert.
60th ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Old North State Club (par 72 – 7,102 yards), New London, N.C.
1-Florida State 271 (-17), 2-Virginia Tech 282 (-6), 3-Duke 282 (-6), 4-Georgia Tech, 284 (-4), 5-Wake Forest 286 (-2), 6-Virginia 287 (-1), 7-North Carolina 292 (+4), 8-NC State 294 (+6), 9-Clemson 296 (+8), 10-Maryland 298 (+10), 11-Boston College 308 (+20)
1-Daniel Berger, Florida State, 65 (-7); 2-Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech, 66; T3-Hank Leboida, Florida State, 68; T3-Mikey Moyers, Virginia Tech, 68; T5-Evan Beck, Wake Forest, 69; T5-Rowin Caron, Florida State, 69; T5-David Pastore, Virginia, 69; T5-Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 69; T5-Chase Seiffert, Florida State, 69; T5-Adam Sumrall, Duke, 69; T5-Davis Womble, Wake Forest, 69
GEORGIA TECH SCORES
2-Anders Albertson, 66 (-6); T5-Ollie Schniederjans, 69; T24-Bo Andrews, 73; T44-Shun Yat Hak, 76; 55-Michael Hines, 83