@GT_Golf Rises to 3rd at Seminole
Freshman Clark and Petefish shoot 69s, 4th-ranked Jackets post day's best round
Tallahassee, Fla. - Freshmen James Clark and Chris Petefish each fired 3-under-par 69s Saturday, while fourth-ranked Georgia Tech posted the day's best round of 8-under-par 280 and rallied to third place after 36 holes at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
TECH LINEUP - Clark (Columbus, Ga.) matched his career-low round shot Friday while Petefish (Danville, Calif.) broke par for the seventh time in 14 rounds this year to pace the Yellow Jackets on Saturday. Senior Anders Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.) recorded his second straight 2-under-par 70 and has broken par in seven of his last eight rounds. Senior Drew Czuchry (Auburn, Ga.) came in with an even-par 72. Clark is in a four-way tie for third place individually at 6-under-par 138, eight strokes off the lead, while Petefish is tied for 10th place with Albertson at 4-under 140. Czuchry and freshman Jacob Joiner, who shot 73 Saturday, are tied for 62nd at 150 (+6).
Tech, which began the day in a tie for ninth place and 11 shots off the pace, played steadily throughout the round, negotiating the front nine in 3-under-par and the back nine in 5-under-par. The Jackets recorded only eight bogeys combined and no double bogeys or higher among the players whose scores counted for the team.
Sophomore Michael Hines (Acworth, Ga.), competing this weekend as an individual, shot 74 Saturday and is tied for 55th place at 4-over 148.
TEAM LEADERBOARD - The top eight teams on the leaderboard are within eight shots of the lead held by East Tennessee State, which played Saturday's (12-under-par 564) round even. The Buccaneers are two strokes clear of 14th-ranked South Carolina (10-under 566), who shot a 7-under-par round of 281 Saturday. Tech (9-under 567) is within three shots of the Bucs. Louisville and 24th-ranked Virginia are tied for fourth place at 8-under-par 568. The Cavaliers also posted a 7-under-par round Saturday. Mercer, in sixth place, remains in striking distance at 7-under-par 569, while host and No. 2 Florida State is tied for seventh with Florida at 4-under 572.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD - ETSU's Gudmundur Kristjansson (14-under 130 followed his opening 63 with a 5-under 67 Saturday and remains in first place by seven strokes over South Carolina's Will Starke (7-under 137), who has shot 68-69 in the first two rounds. Clark is tied with FSU's Jack Maguire, ETSU's Adrian Meronk and Louisville's Robert Geibel.
COACH Bruce Heppler SAYS - "We got four good scores today, which was key for getting into the final groups for tomorrow. Our goal each time out is to be in the last group for the final round. Chris and James had very solid days again, which is a good sign. Tomorrow will be a great opportunity for these guys to gain some good experience."
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION - The Seminole Intercollegiate is a typical 54-hole collegiate event, with the low four scores out of five counting each day. The event is played at Southwood Golf Club (7,172 yards, par 72) in Tallahassee, Fla. The 17-team field features nine teams in the current Golfweek/Sagarin top-50, including host Florida State (No. 2), Georgia Tech (4), South Florida (8), South Carolina (14), Virginia (24), Florida (36), East Tennessee State (39), Louisville (45) and Troy (50). The rest of the field includes Cincinnati, George Washington, Illinois State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Mercer, Penn State and Western Kentucky.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY - Georgia Tech is playing in the Seminole Intercollegiate for the second time in four years, having finished second to the host Seminoles among 18 teams in 2012 with a 22-under-par score of 830. Anders Albertson is the only Tech player competing this week who played in the 2012 event, tying for sixth place with a 5-under-par score of 208.
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