Despite four wins in 10 events this year, Yellow Jackets confident they can play better
Bruce Heppler named ACC Coach of the Year for the ninth time
Petefish secures title with birdie at 18; Jackets win ninth title in last 13 years
No. 5/6 Yellow Jackets are the top seed, hold highest national ranking among conference teams
Tech golfers take comfort in playing Old North State Club for ACC Championship
Images from Georgia Tech's 2018 run to the ACC Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C.
Georgia Tech golf during the final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga., September 10, 2017
Six Georgia Tech golfers qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateurs, four of them were medalists at their qualifiers.
Georgia Tech golf's sophomore class - Andy Ogletree, Luke Schniederjans, Tyler Strafaci
Images from round 2 of the 2017 ACC Men's Golf Championship, Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Career Notes: One of the nation's top-ranked juniors in the class of 2016 who led his high school team to a pair of state titles and arrived at Tech on the heels of an excellent amateur schedule in 2016 ... Top-ranked player from the state of Florida ... Currently No. 188 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking ... Much stronger through work in the gym since his arrival on campus, gained 25-30 yards off the tee ... Improve length has allowed him to be more aggressive ... High IQ for playing the game, has good strategy for playing the course as well as how he practices, well above most freshmen.
2017-18: Tournament Results
Tech's No. 2 player most of the year, No. 1 at the NCAA Raleigh Regional, where he was Tech's top finisher (T-13) ... Recorded a pair of top-10 finishes in 10 events, and led the team with a 71.30 stroke average ... Made the All-ACC team for the first time ... Best finish of the spring was a tie for seventh at the Puerto Rico Classic, and tied for 12th at the ACC Championship, firing a 5-under-par 31 on the back nine of the final round to help lift Tech to victory ... Tied for 23rd at the Valspar Collegiate and 24th at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate most recently ... Three top-20s in the fall, including a fourth-place finish at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate ... Played in the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship in March on a sponsor exemption he earned for winning the Valspar Collegiate last spring ... Ranked No. 52 by Golfstat and No. 62 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index ... Finished T2 (67, -5) and advanced out of a U.S. Open local qualifier in Plantation, Fla.
2017 Summer Highlights: Reached the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur, defeating Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State, 3 and 2, before falling to Mark Lawrence of Virginia Tech, 1-up ... Tied for 35th to advance out of stroke play ... Won his sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur in Miami Beach (67-66) ... Tied for seventh place at the Monroe Invitational ... Tied for 12th place in stroke play and reached the semifinals of match play at the North & South Amateur ... Tied for fifth at the Trans-Mississippi Championship ... Competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur and lost a 10-for-1 playoff for the final spot in match play.
2016-17: Tournament Results
Played in only one stroke-play event in the fall but became a solid member of Tech's starting five in the spring, winning the Valspar Collegiate (211, -2) and tying for 18th at the Seminole Intercollegiate ... Did not finish below 48th in any tournament ... Third on the Tech team with a 72.54 stroke average, and was ranked No. 142 nationally in the Golfstat rankings (No. 155 in Golfweek/Sagarin Index) ... Teamed with Luke Schniederjans to win both of their foursomes matches at the Cypress point Classic match play event in the fall.
2016 Summer Highlights: Busy and excellent amateur schedule, beginning with a fifth-place finish at the Terra Cotta Invitational and a tie for 30th at the Sage Valley Junior Invitational ... Also tied for 27th at the Monroe Invitational, tied for 35th at the Porter Cup.
High School: Played six years of varsity golf at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., for coach Brandt Moser ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... Won the individual state championship in 2015 and helped his team to state titles in 2012 and 2014 and runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2015 ... Made the all-county team from 2012-15 and was named county golfer of the year in 2015 ... Set a county record for consecutive 18-hole rounds under par (7) in 2015 ... National Honor Society member who graduated with highest honors.
Junior Golf: An honorable-mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2015 by the American Junior Golf Association ... Ranked as high as No. 24 nationally, No. 4 in the class of 2016 by the AJGA ... Ranked as high as No. 7 overall by the Golfweek/Sagarin index and 19th by the Junior Golf Scoreboard ... Top-ranked player in Florida in all three services ... Logged a pair of victories, another top-5 finish, seven top-10s and 11 top-20s out of 14 junior events in 2015 ... Captured victories in sectional qualifying tournaments for the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur, and reached the round of 32 in match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Personal: Full name is Tyler Edwin Strafaci (pronounced struh-FAH-chee) ... Born July 23, 1998 in Miami, Fla. ... Son of Frank and Jill Strafaci ... One older brother, Trent ... Frank played collegiate golf at Miami Dade North Junior College (1975-76) and the University of Florida (1976) ... Jill was a four-year golf letterwinner at Florida (1975-79) ... Grandfather, also named Frank, was a highly-ranked amateur golfer during the 1930s, '40s and '50s ... Introduced to golf at age 6 ... Enjoys fishing in the Florida Keys, basketball and movies ... Plans to study business administration.