September 7, 2013

Jackets fill three of top four spots

Georgia Tech junior Ollie Schniederjans has grown rather familiar with The Farm Golf Club over the course of his playing days.

It showed Friday during the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic as Schniederjans and the host Yellow Jackets took control of the leaderboard.

As a freshman and a sophomore at Cobb County’s Harrison High School, Schniederjans competed in the North Georgia Invitational tournament, which is played over two rounds — one at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville and the other at The Farm in Rocky Face. He finished third as a freshman and helped the Hoyas to the title two years in a row.

Since he has been at Georgia Tech, the 2012-13 NCAA All-American has played in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic — an annual 54-hole tournament that’s in its 25th edition — each year.

Even on the Farm’s newer, faster greens, which were installed last year, Schniederjans’ course knowledge no doubt helped him as he fired a 5-under-par 67 for a one-stroke lead over North Carolina’s Bailey Patrick in the individual standings. Georgia Tech, which is ranked No. 8 in the Golf Week collegiate rankings, had three of the top four scores and holds a 10-stroke lead in the 14-team event.

North Carolina, another Atlantic Coast Conference school, is in second place.

The Yellow Jackets’ Richy Werenski and Anders Albertson each shot a 70 and are tied for third. Tech’s other counting score of 73 came from Bo Andrews, who’s tied for 17th. In the five-play, four-score tournament, Tech’s fifth golfer, Seth Reeves, shot a 74 and is tied for 23rd.

Andrews, Werenski and Reeves each advanced to the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur this summer.

North Carolina has two golfers in the top 10 — Patrick and Henry Do, who is tied for 10th after a par round. Led by Joey Garber’s 1-under 71 — he shares fifth place with four others  — Georgia was a stroke behind the Tar Heels, while Clemson (294) and North Florida (295) rounded out the top five in the team standings.

Deck Cheatham, The Farm’s director of golf, had predicted the club’s MiniVerde Bermuda greens would be a much tougher test for the college golfers after having a year to grow in and settle. He was right as the average score was 75.39 and only three holes — the par-4 1st and the par-5 12th and 15th — played under par for the opening round. The par-3 8th was the toughest hole on the course with an average of half a stroke over par.

The tournament, which continues starting at 9 a.m. today and concludes Sunday, is free to attend.

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