March 9, 2012
Tallahassee, Fla. – All-American James White fired a 3-under-par 68 Friday as four Georgia Tech players broke par, and the 8th-ranked Yellow Jackets are tied with No. 28 Florida State after the opening round of the Seminole Intercollegiate golf tournament.
White, a senior from Acworth, Ga., was joined in red figures by sophomores Richard Werenski, Bo Andrews and Seth Reeves, who each shot 2-under-par 70s as the Yellow Jackets posted a 6-under-par team total of 278. Freshman Anders Albertson shot 1-over 72.
Tech is tied with the host Seminoles, three strokes clear of Mercer (3-under 281). Kennesaw State and Charlotte (each at 1-under 283) are tied for fourth place. North Carolina, Michigan State, Jacksonville, Arkansas State and Cincinnati round out the top 10 in the 18-team field.
“This was a good start for the team,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “Everyone had a good chance to shoot under par. We’ve got a lot of positive things going on within the team. Our guys travel well together, and I couldn’t be happier with their commitment to succeed and their preparation. We’re looking forward to the next couple of days.”
It was the 10th straight round of par or better for White, who bogeyed just one hole in his round Friday. He is tied with two others for fourth place, three shots behind Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State, who posted a 6-under 66 on the 7,190-yard, par 71 Southwoods Country Club. FSU’s Chase Seifert and South Florida’s Trey Valentine are tied for second with 67s.
Andrews, Reeves and Werenski are in a group of 11 players tied for 13th place.
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Southwoods Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.
Georgia Tech 278, Florida State 278, Mercer 281, Kennesaw State 283, Charlotte 283, North Carolina 286, Michigan State 287, Jacksonville 288, Arkansas State 289, Cincinnati 291, Troy 292, Mississippi State 293, South Florida 293, Georgia State 296, Toledo 296, James Madison 297, Florida Atlantic 303, Boston College 305.
Jeff Karlsson, Kennesaw State 65; Chase Seifert, Florida State, 67; Trey Valentine, South Florida, 67; James White, Georgia Tech, 68; Thomas Holmes, Mercer, 68; Jamey Salmon, Jacksonville, 68.