Tech Leads Watersound Invitational – Men’s Golf – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Panama City Beach, Florida – With three under-par players on a tough golf course, led by Connor Howe 2-under 70, Georgia Tech posted a 3-under team score of 285 on Sunday and took the lead after the first round of the Watersound Invitational at Shark’s Tooth Golf Club.
Competing with four other teams ranked in the top 25 of Golfstat’s current rankings, nine in the top 50, Tech took a one-shot lead over No. 4 North Carolina and Virginia Tech in the showdown. 54 holes. Round 2 begins at 10 a.m. EST Monday with the Yellow Jackets paired with Boston College and Duke. The tournament takes place on the golf course that will host the ACC Championship in April.
TECHNICAL RANGE – Howe overcame a double bogey at the par-4 12and hole to play his last six holes 3 under par. The eldest from Ogden, Utah had six birdies in his round and is tied for fifth individually. Junior Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) also overcame a double bogey, his own on the par-5 third hole, and recorded six birdies over his last 16 holes to post a 1-under par 71. Sophomore Christo Lamprecht (George, South Africa) tied the 71, hitting 3-under for his round before bogey the final two holes. Forrester and Lamprecht are tied for eighth place individually.
Junior Ross Steelman (Columbia, Mo.) shot 1 on par 73 to provide the Yellow Jackets’ fourth tally score, while the rookie benjamin ruter (Naarden, Netherlands) went 74-2 over par and didn’t count on Sunday.
Tech had a three-stroke advantage in the field on Sunday scoring on par-4 holes (even par) and also led the field in birdies with 20.
Bartley Forrest is one of six golfers tied for eighth with a 1-under 71. (Photo by Ross Obley)
TEAM RANKING – The top four teams in the standings are two shots apart. Tech rode his three rounds below par to post a 3-under 285 on Sunday and take the slender one-stroke lead over the Tar Heels, who scored a 69 and a 70, and the Hokies, who scored a 69 and a 71. Both the teams shot 2 under par 286.
No. 34 NC State, with three players carding 71, was the only other team in the field of 14 to post a below-average score on Sunday (1-under 287). #37 Virginia (291, +3), #32 Louisville (292, +4), #6 Arkansas (293, +5), #26 Clemson (294, +6), #12 Wake Forest ( 295, +7) and Alabama (296, +8) complete the top 10.
INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION – Despite falling far short of the team lead, the Crimson Tide produced the best individual score of the day, a 67 of 5 under par by Canon Claycom. The Bowling Green, Ky. junior has a two-shot lead over Virginia Tech’s Connor Burgess, North Carolina’s Austin Greaser and Virginia’s George Duangmanee, who each shot 3-under par 69 on Sunday.
Tech’s Howe is tied for fifth with UNC’s David Ford and Wake Forest’s Scotty Kennon at 2-under 70, while Lamprecht and Forrester are among six players tied for eighth at 1-under. normal 70.
“Everyone played well today, nothing exceptional, just good solid golf. It’s a very good golf course. All lies are good, it’s very fair. It should be a good place for the ACC Tournament, it will hold up well. It was very windy at the start, which kept the scores going. You have to drive straight. It’s very difficult. Tomorrow should be calmer, but the forecast calls for fairly strong winds on Tuesday.
Head Coach Bruce Heppler
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – Georgia Tech is participating in the Watersound Invitational for the second consecutive year. The tournament follows the traditional 54-hole, 5-stroke, 4-stroke collegiate format, with 18 holes each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. This year’s event will be played at Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, a 7,202-yard (par 72) venue that will also serve as the venue for the ACC Championship in April.
That tournament was held in mid-January a year ago, the Jackets’ first tournament in a busy spring schedule that followed a COVID-induced inactive drop. Tech finished seventh in a limited 10-team field that included all ACC teams.
The field includes (with Golfstat rankings) No. 33 Alabama, No. 6 Arkansas, Boston College, No. 26 Clemson, No. 53 Duke, No. 35 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 32 Louisville, No. No. 32. 4 North Carolina, No. 34 NC State, No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 37 Virginia, No. 62 Virginia Tech and No. 12 Wake Forest.
Christo Lamprecht was 3 under at one point in his run on Sunday before finishing at 71. (Photo by Ross Obley)
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