March 8, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev. – Seth Reeves shot an even-par 72 Friday, and Georgia Tech posted a 7-over-par score of 295 and stand in ninth place following the first round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters golf tournament.
The 15 teams, 12 of whom are ranked among the nation’s top 13, waited out an afternoon rain delay on the 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club. Two of them finished the round under par, including No. 1 California (285, -3) and No. 12 Stanford (286, -2). Sixth-ranked Alabama is third at 289 (+1), followed by No. 2 UCLA (291) and No. 5 New Mexico (291).
Tech is 10 shots off the lead but ahead of No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Duke, No. 11 Georgia and No. 4 Texas.
Reeves, a junior from Duluth, Ga., played a steady round on the course which head coach Bruce Heppler has described as set up like a U.S. Open, opening with two bogeys but playing the final 16 holes two shots under par.
The lefthander is tied for 12th place with six other golfers, six shots off the pace set by Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers, who shot a 6-under-par 66. Cory Whitsett of Alabama is two strokes behind after a 68. Eleven individuals among the 81 in the field broke par Friday.
Schniederjans, a sophomore from Powders Springs, Ga., was 1-under-par through 15 holes but bogeyed three straight to finish his round. Hines was 2-over-par on his opening nine (Tech players all teed off on No. 10 Friday), but played the front nine even. Albertson began his round with three bogeys and a double in his first five holes, but steadied to play his final 13 holes 1-under.
Tech freshman Shun Yat Hak, playing as part of the travel squad for the first time, shot 77 and did not count for the Jackets Friday. Seven of the top eight teams after Friday’s round kicked out scores equal to or higher than Hak’s.
The Yellow Jackets will begin their second round Saturday at 8 a.m. local time on No. 1.
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS COLLEGIATE MASTERS
Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.
TEAM STANDINGS – California 285 (-3), Stanford 286, Alabama 289, UCLA 291, New Mexico 291, Florida 292, Texas A&M 292, Southern California 293, Georgia Tech 295, Oklahoma State 296, Duke 297, Oklahoma 298, Georgia 303, Texas 306
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS – Patrick Rodgers, Stanford, 66; Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 68; James Erkenbeck, New Mexico, 69; Brandon Hagy, California, 69; Sam Smith, Southern California, 70; Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama, 70; five players at 71