Sept. 25, 2009
Franklin, Tenn. –
Kyle Scott fired a 4-under-par 67, and Georgia Tech counted four subpar scores Friday on the way to a 9-under-par total of 275 in the first round of the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate golf tournament.
James White and John-Tyler Griffin each carded a 2-under-par 69, while Chesson Hadley added a 1-under 70. Still, Tech is tied for third place with Mississippi, three shots behind Arkansas State, which blistered the Vanderbilt Legends Course in 12-under-par 272. South Carolina is in second at 10-under 274.
Scott, a transfer from Division II West Florida, birdied three of the four par-3 holes and added two more on par-5s at the 7,100-yard Legends Club. He is in a group of seven players tied for second place, three shots behind the Rebels’ Jonathan Randolph, who posted a bogey-free 64 Friday.
“[Scott] drives the ball really straight, so he plays a lot of stress-free golf,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “We hit a lot of really good shots today, but probably didn’t take advantage of them as much as we could have. But we’re under par, and we’re in the tournament.”
White, a sophomore from Acworth, and Griffin, a junior from Wilson, N.C., are tied for 15th place. Hadley, a senior from Raleigh, N.C., is tied for 24th. Paul Haley, a junior from Dallas, Texas, shot a 73 and did not count for the Jackets.
“Greens and fairways were a little soft, so everyone was throwing darts at the greens,” added Heppler. “They’ve had almost as much rain as we’ve had (in Atlanta).”
Saturday’s second round begins at 8 a.m., and the Yellow Jackets will tee off sometime after 9:30 a.m.
MASON RUDOLPH INTERCOLLEGIATEVanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn.First-Round Results
TEAM STANDINGS Arkansas State 272 (-12) South Carolina 274 Georgia Tech 275 Mississippi 275 Notre Dame 277 Vanderbilt 280 South Alabama 282 Middle Tennessee State 283 Memphis 283 College of Charleston 285 Akron 287 Western Carolina 290 Davidson 290 Belmont 297 Mississippi State 299 Tennessee-Martin 303 Lipscomb 307
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Jonathan Randolph, Mississippi 64 (-7) Kyle Scott, Georgia Tech 67 Doug Fortner, Notre Dame 67 Ryan Haselden, Vanderbilt 67 Hudson Johnson, Vanderbilt 67 Lloyd du Preez, Arkansas State 67 Patrick Rada, South Carolina 67 Ryan Thornton, Vanderbilt* 67 *playing as an individual