Sept. 26, 2011
Burlington, Iowa – Anders Albertson, Bo Andrews and James White overcame difficult, windy and rainy conditions Monday to post 1-over-par 73s each, and the 2nd-ranked Yellow Jackets are tied for eighth place after the 36 holes of the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Nine teams remained on the course when the Yellow Jackets finished and all-day rainy conditions turned worse. Tech, which also counted an 82 from freshman Ollie Schniederjans, turned in a team score of 13-over-par 301 for a 36-hole total of 595, 19 over par.
The Yellow Jackets are tied with Kennesaw State, which shot 302 Monday, 25 strokes behind leader Chattanooga. The Moccasins held their first-round lead by posting a 3-over-par 291 for a 36-hole total of 570, 6-under-par and two shots ahead of Oklahoma State, which shot 1-over-par Monday and is 4-under for the tournament. Arkansas is 2-under in third place, followed by host Iowa (+1) and New Mexico (+4) in the 15-team field.
“Another learning opportunity for a young team today,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “James, Anders and Bo had pretty solid days, but we weren’t able to get that fourth score. The young guys have to learn to fight through days where you have rain, wind and cold and post a good score. We’ll get back out there tomorrow and try and get everyone going.”
Albertson, a freshman from Woodstock, Ga., and Andrews, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., eached managed to avoid high numbers and remained steady Monday. Anderson went out in 2-under-par and made three bogeys coming in. Andrews recorded two bogeys and three birdies in his round.
White, a senior from Acworth, Ga., managed to shoot the same score, countering three double-bogeys and a bogey with six birdies. Schniederjans’ round also was adventurous, including three birdies, but the freshman from Powder Springs, Ga., also had a pair of triple-bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys.
Seth Reeves, who paced Tech with a 71 Sunday, played the front nine even-par Monday, but did not count for the Jackets Monday after posting an 86.
Stephen Jaeger of Chattanooga is the individual leader after 36 holes with an 8-under-par total of 136, one stroke ahead of Oklahoma State’s Sean Einhaus and two clear of Arkansas’ Josh Eure.
Albertson is tied for 16th at 1-over 145, and Andrews is tied for 23rd at 4-over 148.
Tuesday’s final round will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time.