@GT_Golf Extends Lead at Makai
Schniederjans tied for second place after bogey-free round of 65
Princeville, Hawai'i - All-American Ollie Schniederjans posted his second straight low round Tuesday, a 7-under-par 65, and Georgia Tech expanded its lead to four strokes after 36 holes at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational at the Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Hawai'i.
The 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets shot 15-under-par 273 Tuesday, not the low round of the day but good enough to build on their one-shot first-round lead. For the second straight day, Tech's seniors carried the team as Anders Albertson added 5-under-par 67 for the Jackets, while freshmen Jacob Joiner (70) and Chris Petefish (71) chipped in with subpar rounds.
"I was very pleased to follow yesterday's round with another good one," said head coach Bruce Heppler. "When Anders and Ollie play well, we can be very competitive. Michael, Chris and Jacob are competing very hard. They have responded well to poor shots and mistakes and continue to play hard. We're looking forward to a spirited day tomorrow."
Tech finished 36 holes at 545, 31 shots under par. Arizona State, with a 272 round Tuesday, moved into second place at 549 (-27), followed by Mississippi and Louisville tied for third place at 552 (-24). The Cardinals posted the day's low round of 269 (-19). Twelve of the 15 teams in the field broke par on the 7,223-yard, par 72 Makai Golf Club, as did 43 of the 83 individuals, and the course played to an average score of 71.48, more than a half stroke lower than Monday.
Schniederjans, the world's top-ranked amateur, played a bogey-free round Tuesday and has just one in 36 holes of competition this week. He moved into a second-place tie with San Diego's Grant Forrest and Louisville's Robin Sciot-Siegrist at 13-under-par 131. Pepperdine's Frederick Wedel, who followed his Monday 64 with a 63, has a four-stroke lead individually at 17-under-par 127.
Albertson, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., had four birdies and an eagle on his card and matched his best round of the fall. He is tied for sixth place individually with four others at 9-under-par 135. Sophomore Michael Hines, whose 72 Tuesday did not count toward Tech's team total, is bidding for his second straight top-20 finish, tied for 19th place at 4-under-par 140.
The final round begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday with a shotgun start.
WARRIOR PRINCEVILLE MAKAI INVITATIONAL
Makai Golf Club, Princeville, Hawai'i
Georgia Tech 545 (-31), Arizona State 549 (-27), Mississippi 552 (-24), Louisville 552 (-24), San Diego 558 (-18), Idaho 561 (-15), East Tennessee State 561 (-15), Cal Poly 562 (-14), McNeese State 565 (-11). Pepperdine 565 (-11), UC Santa Barbara 581 (+5), Boise State 583 (+7), Utah 584 (+8), Hawai'i 584 (+8), San Francisco 591 (+15)
Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine, 127 (-17); Grant Forrest, San Diego, 131; Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 131; Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville, 131; Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 134; Noah West, Mississippi, 135; Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech, 135; Nicolo Galletti, Arizona State, 135; Jared du Toit, Idaho, 135; Justin De Los Santos, Cal Poly, 135
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