(Atlantic Coast Conference photo)
NEW LONDON, NC (April 21, 2018) - Entering the day with a one stroke lead, Georgia Tech shot 11-under 277 to increase its margin over second place to six strokes on Saturday at the 2018 ACC Men’s Golf Championship, held Friday through Sunday at the Old North State Club.
Through two days of competition, the Yellow Jackets have posted a 23-under 553, six ahead of Clemson and Notre Dame who are tied at 17-under 559. Duke (-14), Virginia (-14), North Carolina (-13), Wake Forest (-12), NC State (-10), Florida State (-10), Virginia Tech (+2), Boston College (+2), and Louisville (+4) round out the field.
Georgia Tech will head into Sunday attempting to win its 17th league title and ninth in the last 13 years. The Jackets are led by Chris Petefish, who is tied for fifth at 7-under. Luke Schniederjans (-5), Tyler Strafaci (-4), and Andy Ogletree (-4) are also under par for the tournament.
Virginia has the top two individuals on the leaderboard. Thomas Walsh shot a 65 on Saturday and leads the way at 12-under 132, followed by teammate Danny Walker who is 10-under for the tournament.
The third and final round of the 2018 ACC Men’s Golf Championship is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Behind a 7-under 65 from co-leader Luke Schniederjans the fifth-ranked Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are 12-under and one shot in front of the surprising 11-under Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Just three shots back in third are No. 16 Clemson at 9-under, Wake Forest sits in fourth at 7-under while No. 20 Florida State is 6-under in fifth place.
Schniederjans played a nearly perfect round on day one at the Old North State Club rolling in eight birdies against just a single bogey. Following a par on the opening hole Schniederjans quickly caught fire birdieing six of the next 10 to reach 6-under.
Georgia Tech also received under-par rounds from Chris Petefish (T12; -3) and Tyler Strafaci (T18; -2).
Sharing the lead with Schniederjans is Virginia's Danny Walker. Beginning on the 10th hole Walker started birdie, bogey and then got it going with a birdie on the 12th and an eagle two on the par-4 13th. Walker would then go on to add birdies on Nos. 18, 1, 3 and 4.
Walker is hoping to become the second consecutive Caviler to win the ACC medalist title after Jimmy Stanger won last year.
Paul McBride (Wake Forest) is 6-under in third while five others are 5-under in fourth including Clemson's Doc Redman.
Redman is returning to the college game fresh off two consecutive weeks playing with the professionals at the Masters and the RBC Heritage.
ABOUT THE ACC Championship
54 hole men's collegiate championship of the
Atlantic Coast Conference. Team (best four scores out
of five players each round) and individual competitions.
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