March 22, 2013
THE FLATS – After playing three events far from home to begin the spring, Georgia Tech’s 10th-ranked golf team returns to action in nearby Greensboro, Ga., Saturday and Sunday in the Linger Longer Invitational.
The 54-hole event will be played on the 7,073-yard, par 72 Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation, with the two rounds conducted Saturday on a shotgun start and the final round Sunday with players teeing off on both the first and 10th tees. Play begins at 8:30 a.m. each morning.
The 14-team field includes 4th-ranked Alabama, which has won the last two Linger Longer events, No. 12 Georgia, which won three of the first five, No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 35 Oklahoma, as well as Charlotte, Jacksonville, Liberty, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and South Florida. Kennesaw State and Mercer are the host schools.
Head coach Bruce Heppler’s team has finished fourth (Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii), fifth (Puerto Rico Classic) and seventh (SHC Masters in Las Vegas) in its three spring events, and the Yellow Jackets continue to work toward playing at the level which brought them two victories and a runner-up finish in the fall. The fields for those three events were among the strongest the Jackets will face all year.
Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.), ranked No. 28 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, has posted a pair of top-5 finishes, including a runner-up performance in Puerto Rico, and leads Tech in stroke average at 71.8. Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.) has finished in the top 20 five times in eight tournaments and has a 72.0 stroke average, while Reeves (Duluth, Ga.) has three top-20 showings in six events and a 73.5 norm.
Hines (Acworth, Ga.) has made the travel squad for the fifth time this year and has a 73.2 average in 15 rounds, while Werenski (South Hadley, Mass.) is on the trip for the sixth time and has a 74.0 average in 15 rounds.