May 16, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. – Anders Albertson continued his recent hot streak by firing a 6-under-par 66, lifting Georgia Tech into a tie for fourth place after the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional golf tournament.
In near perfect weather conditions Thursday at the 6,965-yard, par 72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, Albertson turned in a bogey-free card and stands one shot off the pace set by MJ Maguire of North Florida (65). The Atlantic Coast Conference individual champion has broken 70 in seven of his last eight rounds.
But the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets, seeded second in this regional, find themselves in a bit of an uncomfortable position at the close of Thursday’s round after getting out of the chute quickly with an early lead. The top five teams at the conclusion of 54 holes Saturday will advance to play in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which begins May 28 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. Tech is the host institution.
“The greens are good and the course isn’t overly long, so you’re going to have to have four guys shoot under par every day,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “That’s what it’s going to take on this golf course. Anders continues to play well, and Ollie had a chance to score well today. We’ll see.”
North Florida, ranked 19th nationally, grabbed the early lead by posting a 16-under-par 272, four shots clear of top-seeded and 6th-ranked Washington (12-under 276) and five ahead of third seed and 14th-ranked Florida State (11-under 277). Tech is tied with Oregon and South Florida at 8-under-par 280.
Wake Forest and Oklahoma are tied for seventh place at 4-under 284, the only other teams to break par Thursday.
NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONALGolden Eagle Golf and Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.First-Round Results
TEAM STANDINGS 1 North Florida 272 -16 2 Washington 276 -12 3 Florida State 277 -11 T4 Oregon 280 -8 T4 Georgia Tech 280 -8 T4 South Florida 280 -8 T7 Wake Forest 284 -4 T7 Oklahoma 284 -4 9 North Carolina State 289 +1 10 Oregon State 292 +4 T11 Iowa 299 +11 T11 San Diego 299 +11 13 Loyola Univ-Maryland 301 +13
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 MJ Maguire North Florida 65 -7 T2 Chase Seiffert Florida State 66 -6 T2 Anders Albertson Georgia Tech 66 -6 T4 Cheng-Tsung Pan Washington 67 -5 T4 Abraham Ancer Oklahoma 67 -5 T6 Chris Williams Washington 68 -4 T6 Michael Schoolcraft Oklahoma 68 -4 T6 Kevin Phelan North Florida 68 -4 T6 Evan Beck Wake Forest 68 -4 T6 Richard James South Florida 68 -4 T6 Edward Figueroa * Florida Gulf Coast 68 -4 T6 Daniel Walker * Richmond 68 -4 T6 Chase Koepka South Florida 68 -4