Georgia Tech ousted in opening match
by MDJ staff reports
May 28, 2014 04:06 AM | 1348 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Tech’s golf season came to an end Tuesday morning with a 4-0-1 loss to Oklahoma State in a quarterfinal match of the NCAA championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

For the fourth time in five years, the Yellow Jackets advanced to match play, and for the third time fell in the quarterfinals. Former Harrison High School star Ollie Schniederjans, fourth off the tee for the Jackets, put up Tech’s only score with a halved match against the Cowboys’ Ian Davis.

The match which ended while both players stood in the 18th fairway, as Wyndham Clark closed out the third match against Tech’s Anders Albertson for Oklahoma State’s clinching point.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Alabama, the No. 2 seed, defeated SMU, 3-2, while No. 3 LSU toppled No. 6 UCLA, 4-1, and top-seeded Stanford eliminated No. 8 Illinois, 3-2.

Oklahoma State went on to upset Stanford 3-2 in the afternoon semifinals, while Alabama beat LSU 4-1.

Richard Werenski, Bo Andrews and Albertson each fell three holes behind during their opening nine holes. Werenski lost to Talor Gooch, 2 and 1, while Andrews lost to Zachary Olsen and Albertson fell to Clark by 1-up scores.

Meanwhile, Schniederjans and Davis went back and forth in the fourth match.

Schniederjans fell behind by two after eight holes before winning 18 and 1 (Tech started its match on the 10th hole) to square it. The Tech junior nailed a short birdie putt at the par-3 fourth hole to go ahead by a hole, but Davis eagled the par-5 seventh to even the match again, and that’s the way it remained.

Georgia Tech will leave Hutchinson having won six times this year, the most for the program since

2001-02, and nearly crowned its fourth individual national champion. The Yellow Jackets will finish ranked among the top 10 in Golfstat and in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index for the 11th time since 2000.

Schniederjans ended his season winning or sharing medalist honors in five events, as well as a runner-up finish Monday in the NCAA individual championship. Reeves won twice.

Three Georgia Tech players earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition, while all five starters at the NCAA championship were named to the Golf Coaches Association All-America team. Schniederjans and Reeves were automatic All-Americans based on their national championship finish in stroke play, but both would have earned the honor regardless of their finish at Prairie Dunes.
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