Tech Golfers in Fifth Place at Amer Ari Invitational
Albertson, Werenski pace Yellow Jackets Thursday with 2-under-par 70s
Feb. 7, 2013
Waikoloa, Hawai'i - Anders Albertson and Richard Werenski fired 2-under-par 70s on Thursday, leading Georgia Tech to a 5-under-par round of 283 and a move up to fifth place after the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational.
The 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets scuffled through much of Thursday's round but rallied on their closing holes. Freshman Michael Hines (Acworth, Ga.) birdied three of his final five holes to finish at 1-under-par 71 for the day, while Ollie Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.) birdied two of his last four holes for an even-par 72.
Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.), played bogey-free golf in improving upon his opening 72, while Werenski (South Hadley, Mass.) birdied three of his last five holes to finish one shot better than his opening 71.
"We didn't get much going early in the round," said Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. "We started our round on a part of the course where the par-5s came late in the day. Everyone in front of us has had a low round in this tournament, and maybe ours will be tomorrow. Our guys are all playing well enough to have one."
Tech matched its opening-round score and moved up one position, but the Yellow Jackets are 12 shots out of the lead held by 7th-eanked Washington, which blistered the 7,074-yard Kings' Course at Waikoloa Resort with a 13-under-par 275 to overtake first-round leader UCLA. The Huskies have a 36-hole total of 555 (-21), two shots clear of the 4th-ranked Bruins (-19), who shot 8-under 280 on Thursday.
No. 2 Texas (-14) is in third place, followed by No. 9 Southern California (-12) and Tech (-10).
Werenski, who shot a 71 Wednesday, is tied for 16th place after 36 holes at 3-under-par 141. Albertson, who played bogey-free golf Thursday, is tied for 23rd place at 2-under 142 along with Hines and fellow freshman Shun Yat Hak (Lake Mary, Fla.), who matched his opening 71 Thursday competing as an individual.
Bo Andrews (Raleigh, N.C.), whose 74 Thursday did not count for Tech, is tied for 30th place at 1-under 143.
The final round begins at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time Friday in a shotgun start.
AMER ARI INVITATIONAL Waikoloa, Hawai'i, Kings' Course 36-hole Results