July 24, 2013
Milton, Ga. – Georgia Tech’s representation at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship grew to four Wednesday when Anders Albertson, Seth Reeves and Ollie Schniederjans grabbed three of the five available spots at the 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.
With 132 players competing for five spots, the odds were against the trio all making it, but those odds may well have been mitigated by the fact that the three players have played numerous rounds at the 7,185, yard, par-70 Crabapple Course over the past several months, including the NCAA Championship last month.
Albertson captured medalist honors with rounds of 66-67 (133, -7), Reeves finished second after shooting 66-69 (135, -5) and Schniederjans tied Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer for third with scores of 68-70 (138, -2). Victor Perez of France and Scott Wolfes of St. Simons Island, Ga., were left to play off for the fifth spot after tying at 1-under 139.
They join rising senior Bo Andrews, who won a playoff to gain a spot Monday in Midlothian, Va., meaning four of the five players who helped Tech reach the semifinals of the NCAA Championship are now in the U.S. Amateur field. Yellow Jacket teammates Richard Werenski, who is defending his 2012 title at the Porter Cup this weekend, and Michael Hines will attempt to qualify next week.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “They’ve worked very hard for that, and I know they’re all excited. I’m happy for them that they all get to go, and it will be fun to be a part of. I’d love to see Richy and Michael get that chance as well.”
The 113th U.S. Amateur Championship, the oldest golf championship in the country, is scheduled for Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Albertson, a junior from Woodstock, Ga., led from start to finish, carding seven birdies and three bogeys for his 66 Tuesday, then adding a clean three-birdie, no-bogey round Wednesday afternoon. Reeves, a senior from Duluth, Ga., was even more steady, making only one bogey in 36 holes.
Schniederjans began the day tied for fourth but fell back with a pair of bogeys in his first four holes Tuesday. But the junior from Powder Springs, Ga., regained his footing with a birdie at the ninth, 11th and 12th and was able to hold his position even after bogeying the par-4 17th.
The U.S. Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted by the USGA, and a total of 98 sectional qualifiers for the championship are taking place nationwide, July 8-30. Werenski will attempt to qualify July 30 at Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, Mass., while Hines will attempt to qualify at Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tenn., on the same day.
Matt Kuchar won the 1997 amateur title at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill. Bobby Jones won the championship four times in 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1930. Jones’ victory in 1930 completed the only Grand Slam in golf history in which he won the British and U.S. Open championships, and the British and U.S. Amateur championships.
About Georgia Tech Golf
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 19th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 26 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times.