May 27, 2013
Milton, Ga. – Georgia Tech will be making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Championship finals, all but one of them since 1985, and is hosting the event for the first time at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. Only 10 teams in the 30-team field have played in the championship proper more times than have the Yellow Jackets.
Tech has been seeded 7th and will be paired for the first two rounds with 8th-seed Arkansas and 9th-seed TCU. They will tee off No. 10 beginning at 1:10 p.m. in Tuesday’s opening round and off No. 1 in Wednesday’s second round. Pairings and tee times for the first 36 holes are set by seed, and pairings for the final round of stroke play Thursday will be set by team score.
Tickets are $50 for a tournament book and $15 for a daily ticket. Spectators may purchase tickets and park at Mill Springs Academy, 13660 New Providence Rd., Milton, GA 30004. A shuttle is available from there to the golf course.
Defending national champion Texas, ranked No. 4 nationally, and 2012 runner-up Alabama, ranked No. 2, also advanced from regional competition last weekend along with top-ranked California, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 New Mexico, No. 6 Washington, No. 10 Florida.
The 75th edition of the national championship takes place over six days, beginning May 28 when the 30 teams battle in 54 holes of stroke play, 18 holes each day over three days, followed by three days of match play competition culminating in the national championship match Sunday, June 2.
The field for the NCAA championship was filled by the top five teams advancing from each of six regional tournaments taking place around the country this weekend. Here is the entire field, listed in their order of finish by regional. The number in parentheses is how many NCAA finals appearances that team has made. The 30 teams in the field have combined for 30 national team titles in the 75-year history of the championship.
Georgia Tech qualified for the national championship by finishing fourth last weekend to advance from the NCAA Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional, which was played at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club (6,965 yards, par 72). North Florida, ranked 19th, No. 6 Washington and No. 14 Florida State finished 1-2-3. Oklahoma was the fifth qualifying team from Tallahassee.
The Yellow Jackets qualified for the 21st time in 23 regionals in which they have played since the NCAA began using a regional qualifying format for its championship. Bo Andrews, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., played flawlessly over the final 16 holes and shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, lifting 7th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 3-under-par final round of 285 and 15-under-par total of 849, five shots ahead of the Sooners.
Albertson has played extremely well over the last two months, winning the ACC title along with top 10 finishes at the Linger Longer Invitational, the Gary Koch Invitational and the Tallahassee Regional. Andrews won the Gary Koch and tied for 14th last week in Tallahassee, while Schniederjans has rolled along with top 20 finishes in each of Tech’s last four events. Reeves, who has struggled much of the spring, may be ripe for a comeback on the Crabapple Course, a layout which favors his long-hitting game. He tied for second in the Preview there last fall.
The NCAA.com will offer live web streaming of the championship beginning on the final day of stroke play Thursday, May 30, and during each day of match play.
Tech History at Crabapple
Georgia Tech’s golf team has played three official events at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course previously, including two this year.
Tech was the host school for the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational last September, and the Yellow Jackets tied for first place with top-ranked California with a 5-over-par score of 845. Earlier this spring, Tech hosted a dual match against TCU, which will be in the field for the championship, and the Horned Frogs came away with a 3 1/2-2 1/2 victory.
Tech hosted the 2010 Southeast Regional on the Crabapple Course, finishing third with the identical score of 845 (+5). The winning score was 841 (+1) by Oklahoma State. Clemson was second at 843 (+3).
These Yellow Jackets Are Green
Georgia Tech has taken one of its youngest teams ever into post-season play this year. Only Anders Albertson, Bo Andrews and Ollie Schniederjans had played in an NCAA championship event before the Tallahassee Regional, and had a collective nine rounds under their belts.
Those rounds all came last year in Norman, Okla., where the Yellow Jackets finished sixth and failed to advance to the Finals at Riviera. Schniederjans was Tech’s highest finisher, tying for 15th place with a score of 219 (+3).
Thirteen of the 15 teams that competed in the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in the fall at Crabapple have made the field for the NCAA Championship. Tech and California tied for first in that event, followed by Texas, UNLV, UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kent State, Texas A&M and Florida State.
Georgia Tech is playing in the NCAA Championship for the 26th time, and for the 25th time since 1985. Only 10 teams in this year’s field have played in more than 27 championships.
Tech has a head-to-head winning percentage of 75.7 against the nation’s sixth-most difficult schedule, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. Tech is 38-26-5 against teams ranked in the top 25, 62-31-6 against teams ranked in the top 50, and 95-33-6 against teams in the top 100.
The Tech team playing this week individually has two individual victories in 2012-13 Bo Andrews at the Gary Koch Invitational, Anders Albertson at the ACC Championship), five top-5 finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and 23 top-20 finishes.
In terms of stroke average, Tech’s competitors this week rank in the ACC as follows – Albertson (5), Schniederjans (6), Andrews (15), Hak (16), Reeves (36).
Tech’s 2012-13 team has an average team score of 287.2, collectively even par.
LIVE WEB STREAMING SCHEDULE ON NCAA.COMThursday, May 30th - 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday, May 31st - 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday, June 1 - 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Sunday, June 2 - 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.