@GT_Golf Leads by 8 at Kepler Intercollegiate
Schniederjans, Albertson, Whaley are 1-2-3 on individual leaderboard
Columbus, Ohio - Ollie Schniederjans, Anders Albertson and Vincent Whaley occupy the top three spots on the leaderboard, and 15th-ranked Georgia Tech owns an eight-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course.
TEAM LEADERBOARD - Georgia Tech put together rounds of even-par 284, the best score of the morning round, and 6-under-par 278, tied for the best, in pulling out to an eight-shot lead over host Ohio State. The Yellow Jackets completed 36 holes in 6-under-par 562. The Buckeyes, who also shot 278 in the afternoon, have a two-round score of 570 (+2), tied with SMU, which shot 279 in the afternoon. No. 29 UNLV is in fourth place at 577 (+9), followed by Kent State at 579 (+11).
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD - Schniederjans, with a 5-under-par total of 137 after rounds of 68-69, is one shot ahead of Albertson and Whaley (138, -4), who each shot 71-67 Saturday. Ohio State's Grant Weaver (139, -3) is another shot back, with four players tied at 1-under-par 141. Freshman James Clark is tied for 41st after firing rounds of 74-75 (149, +7).
Schniederjans shared medalist honors in this event last spring and is bidding to win his seventh collegiate tournament. Albertson is contending for his second title. Whaley's best finish was his tie for 11th last week at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Albertson shot his 12th subpar round in his last 17.
ROUND 1 - Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.) bogeyed the first hole but played the rest of the round 4-under-par for a 68, while Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Whaley (McKinney, Texas) each shot even-par 71, and Clark (Columbus, Ga.) added a 74 (+3) as Tech took the lead with an even-par 284. The Jackets played the front nine in 2-over-par and went 2-under on the back. Freshman Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.) withdrew after being hit in the back of the neck with a golf ball struck from the the adjacent golf course, and did not play in the afternoon round, either.
ROUND 2 - Schniederjans remained steady with a 2-under-par 69 in the afternoon, offsetting three bogeys with a three birdies and an eagle at the par-5 12th. Meanwhile, Whaley and Albertson each shot 4-under-par 67 with one bogey between them, and Clark added a 75 in Tech's round of 6-under-par 278. Tech played the front nine 2-under-par, the back in 4-under. The Jackets played the back nine 6-under-par collectively in the two rounds.
COACH Bruce Heppler SAYS - "Our guys did a nice job today knowing that every score would count. We played the back nine really well both rounds. It was unfortunate for Chris to get hit by a golf ball. He's hoping to be able to go tomorrow."
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION - The Robert Kepler Intercollegiate is a 54-hole collegiate event, with the low four scores out of five counting toward the team score for each round. The 14 teams will play the final 18 holes set at 8 a.m. Sunday, in a split-tee start. The Scarlet Course at Ohio State, a par-71 layout measuring 7,455 yards, has been the site for three NCAA Championships (1987, 1995, 2002) in which Tech has competed, and one NCAA regional (2008). The Yellow Jackets are the highest-ranked team in the field which includes three other top-50 teams - No. 28 UNLV, No. 30 SMU and No. 35 Houston.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY - Georgia Tech is playing in the Robert Kepler Invitational for the second time, having captured an 18-stroke victory last year with a winning score of 858 (+6). Ollie Schniederjans tied Ohio State's Frederik Hammer for medalist honors at 3-under-par 210.