Georgia Tech leads Southern Highlands, Stanford close behind
Noah Norton (Photo by Clyde Click/Georgia Tech Athletics)
Georgia Tech held on to its lead in the second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate, but it remains tight. The Yellow Jackets will take a one-shot cushion into the final round in Las Vegas, which is the same margin by which they led after the first round at Southern Highlands.
Georgia Tech and Stanford, playing beside each other on Monday, both had rounds of 6-under 283. Georgia Tech now stands at 11 under for the tournament, with Stanford at 10 under.
Stanford’s Brandon Wu helped his team pick up some early ground with three consecutive birdies from Nos. 2-4. In fact, Stanford counters played the front nine in 7 under. Georgia Tech caught up on the back nine as its frontman Luke Schniederjans eagled No. 13 and birdied Nos. 14 and 17.
Noah Norton, Tyler Strafaci and Andy Ogletree all birdied the par-5 18th to keep the lead for the Yellow Jackets.
“Conditions were ideal today with weather; the course was still firm, but it was gettable,” Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said. “We were way back and did a nice job of hanging in there. They just kept playing. That’s what good teams do.”
For the first time, the individual champion will receive a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open, which will take place Oct. 3-6 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The second and third rounds are also being live-streamed on Golfweek.com.
UNLV’s Jack Trent followed an opening 67 with a second-round 68 and at 9 under, leads the individual race by three shots over Wu and Texas freshman Parker Coody.
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