@GT_Golf Ninth at Carpet Capital
Schniederjans, Czuchry, Hines even par Friday to pace No. 3 Jackets
Neighboring Kennesaw State, an NCAA Championship team in 2013, took the first round lead with a 7-under-par 281, one stroke ahead of LSU (-6, 282) and the trio of top-ranked Alabama, North Carolina and Wake Forest (-2, 286). Clemson also finished under par (-1, 287) and is in sixth place.
The Yellow Jackets, 5-under-par at one point during the round and nipping at the heels of the Owls, struggled on the finishing holes after a 1-hour, 15-minute weather delay and finished at 5-over-par 293, 12 strokes off the lead. Schniederjans, a senior from Powder Springs, Ga., defending his 2013 Carpet Capital title, and Czuchry, a senior from Auburn, each played the front nine 2-under-par. But Schniederjans bogeyed three of the final four holes, and Czuchry bogeyed three of six coming in. Hines, a sophomore playing his first tournament since spring of 2013, did the opposite, playing the front nine in 2-over before posting three birdies on the back side before a closing bogey.
Those three players are tied for 18th place individually. Andrew Weathers of Chattanooga and Benjamin Taylor of LSU set the pace individually Friday, each carding a 5-under-par 67. Davis Womble of Wake Forest and Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State are one stroke back at 68 (-4). Seventeen players in the 75-player field broke par in Friday's round.
Tech counted a 5-over 77 from Anders Albertson and discarded a 78 from freshman Jacob Joiner. Albertson, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., finished with a bogey and a triple-bogey, while Joiner was 5-over on the last four holes. Sophomore Vincent Whaley, competing as an individual, also had difficulty on the final holes, but finished with a 73 and is in a large group of players tied for 24th place.
Tech is paired with South Carolina and Chattanooga, tied for seventh place two shots ahead of the Jackets, for Saturday's second round and will be first off the tee at 7:30 a.m.
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The Farm Golf Club, Rocky Face, Ga.
Team Leaders - Kennesaw State 281 (-7), LSU 282, Alabama 286, North Carolina 286, Wake Forest, 286, Clemson 287, South Carolina 291, Chattanooga 291, Georgia Tech 293, Auburn 294, Tennessee 296, Middle Tennessee St. 300, North Florida 300, Florida 312
Individual Leaders - Andrew Weathers Chattanooga 67 (-5), Benjamin Taylor LSU 67, Davis Womble Wake Forest 68, Jimmy Beck Kennesaw State 68, Austin Vick Kennesaw State 69, Chad Merzbacher Tennessee 69, Kelby Burton Kennesaw State 69, William Register North Carolina 69, Miller Capps Clemson 69, Robby Shelton Alabama 69