Rocky Face, Ga. – Georgia Tech’s golf team struggled from the top to bottom of its lineup Friday with an opening round 301, 13 shots over par and in last place at the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club.
Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans paced the 4th-ranked Yellow Jackets with a 1-over-par 73 and a 2-over 74, while Bo Andrews shot 3-over 75 and Richard Werenski added a 7-over 79 on the 7,012, par 72 Farm layout. All of the Tech golfers ran into trouble on certain holes, including the par-5 ninth where the Jackets gave away six shots to par collectively.
Albertson managed to avoid big trouble, even making birdie at the ninth, until the last hole, where he took a double bogey to finish at 73.
Georgia posted a 10-under-par 278 in the first round and took a six-stroke lead over top-ranked Alabama (284, -4), while LSU shot 286 (-2) and Wake Forest 288 (E). Auburn was in fifth place at 289 (+1), while North Florida and North Carolina were tied for sixth place at 291 (+3).
Seven teams in the 15-team field are ranked in the pre-season top 25 in Golf World magazine.
The Bulldogs’ T.J. Mitchell took the first-round lead after firing a 7-under-par 65, followed by Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt (67), Auburn’s Niclas Carlsson (68) and Georgia’s Lee McCoy (68). South Carolina’s Dykes Harbin, North Carolina’s Michael McGowan and Texas’ Brandon Stone are tied for fifth place with 69s.
CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE
The Farm Golf Club, Rocky Face, Ga.
Georgia 278 (-10), Alabama 284, LSU 286, Wake Forest 288, Auburn 289, North Florida 291, North Carolina 291, Chattanooga 292, Middle Tennessee State 292, Clemson 292, Texas 293, Kennesaw State 293, South Carolina 296, Tennessee 299, Georgia Tech 301
1 T.J. Mitchell Georgia 65 -7
2 Bobby Wyatt Alabama 67 -5
T3 Lee McCoy Georgia 68 -4
T3 Niclas Carlsson Auburn 68 -4
T5 Michael McGowan North Carolina 69 -3
T5 Brandon Stone Texas 69 -3
T5 Dykes Harbin South Carolina 69 -3
T8 Liam Johnston Chattanooga 70 -2
T8 Payne Denman Middle Tennessee St. 70 -2
T8 Brandon Dalinka North Carolina 70 -2
T8 MJ Maguire North Florida 70 -2
T8 Mike Nagy Tennessee 70 -2
T8 Ben Greene Kennesaw State 70 -2
T8 Jordan Spieth Texas 70 -2