Posted: 11:43 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

7 things to know about Tech at ACC golf tournament 

By Ken Sugiura

The Georgia Tech golf team will begin pursuit of its 15th ACC championship Friday at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The Yellow Jackets are favored, but face a stronger field than in recent seasons. Worth noting…

1. Tech is an overwhelming favorite. The Jackets are ranked No. 5 in the country by Golfstat, the top ACC team. Tech won the ACC every year 2009-2012 before finishing fourth last year. The Jackets have won their past two stroke-play tournaments and also a four-team match event last Saturday.

2. Other contenders: No. 8 Virginia, No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Florida State. However, Tech has not finished behind an ACC rival in any tournament this season.

3. An interesting facet of the tournament – rather than staying in hotel rooms, teams rent houses for the weekend. Tech coach Bruce Heppler, with the help of a booster, found the one that the Jackets have used for the last several years. It has a ping-pong table (a favored pastime among players), a pool table, a large-screen TV and is right on the water so players can fish.

“You just try to get them as relaxed as you can,” Heppler said.

4. While three team members are seniors and closing in on graduation, juniors Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans will be preparing for final exams that begin Monday. The tournament was previously a week earlier in the academic  year.

“With a week in between, you could kind of just play basketball in the driveway and do all kinds of things at night, because you knew they had a week to recover,” Heppler said. “Now, there’s more guys going into their rooms with their books and trying to survive the following week.”

5. At the other end of the spectrum is senior Bo Andrews, who is just taking one three-credit class – strategic management – this semester. It’s all he needs to graduate.

“Breeze is not the right word, but it’s been a relief and it’s been really enjoyable to do this because you’ve put a lot of work in academically and there’s been ups and downs, for sure,” Andrews said.

6. Schniederjans has been playing phenomenally. He has won or shared four tournament titles this year. The only other Tech players to win four in a year are David Duval, Stewart Cink and Troy Matteson. He has a stroke average of 69.9 this season.

“He’s playing really, really well,” Heppler said. “It’s what everybody thought he would do out of high school. It just took a little while.”

Schniederjans has finished tied for seventh and tied for 10th in his first two visits.

The course “has not been in Ollie’s wheelhouse yet, but he’s never played it like he’s playing right now,” Heppler said.

7. One reason for the success Tech has had at Old North State Club, Hepppler said, is the course’s similarities with Tech’s home course, the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. A year ago, Albertson set an ACC record by winning at 15-under-par with rounds of 66, 67 and 68, and Heppler thinks he could have scored even lower. The five players who will represent Tech are Richy Werenski, Seth Reeves, Andrews, Albertson and Schniederjans.

“I think any one of them could win the tournament,” Heppler said.

32 comments
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Golf team in 1st place after round 2.  Tech's Ollie Schniederjans in first place for individual honors.

GTLee
GTLee

Golf team in 2d place after round 1.........go screw yourself BC75..........Go Jackets!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

As much as I root for GT athletes, it's awfully hard to get behind a Program thats produced David Duvall & Stu Cink.

Both of em are 1st class jerks.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Good Luck to the GT golf team!


Hit em straight and putt well to win!

MarineJacket
MarineJacket

A fact I think is interesting.  Before 790 went to hell, the golf coach was on and he said that almost every colleged golf team can operate yearly off of the interest of a gift to the program around $750k. 

Go Jackets!!

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

It would be nice if the GT team could bring home a National Championship.  They've been close. Maybe this is the year.  Let's win the ACC then finish off the rest of the nation.

Stroke it!---just stroke it less than everyone else!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Is anybody else experiencing formatting problems with the blogs this morning.  Now this window stretches across my entire screen, and what should be the page heading appears now as a one line at a time thing that you have to browse downwards to see.  This has happened several times in the past, regardless of what browser I am using.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

We have as many, if not more, golfers on the PGA circuit as any college in the country, with several of them holding titles to major tournaments, and you think this is a waste of money on Tech's part?  These golfers bring more recognition to Tech than perhaps anybody else, and you consider it a waste of money?  You are totally off base on that.  And besides Tech's emphasis on golf did not start with Braine.  We have always had a great golf program at Tech,   Larry Mize played at Tech long before Dave Braine arrived on the scene, Larry Mize won the Masters in 1987.  Tech's golf traditions started with the greatest golfer who ever lived.....Bobby Jones.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Good luck in the tourney, Jackets! Oh, and, keep your head down!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Not much to comment on here, other than to say this is the kind of sport that Dave Braine thought Georgia Tech should focus on, despite the fact it costs the athletic department money and generates none.

Do they sell season tickets to golf?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

More Tech golfers living up to the legacy of Bobby Jones.  Gotta love it.  GO JACKETS !!!

YesIamapirate
YesIamapirate

@BigCrimson75  


You can GFY too, A hole. You're just another POS troll. You don't know jack shiite about either one of those guys, now do you D head?


You, Birmingham Jacket, and Weenie are all a bunch of jack offs that belong together. 

gt-40
gt-40

@BigCrimson75

BC-75 I know Cink, he is a great guy, he doesn't always play to win, an much as playing for a top ten finish. But as far as a person I think he is head and shoulders above most every golfer on tour,( Come to a Tech football ball game this fall and I will tell you an amazing story about him winning the Open championship that never got in the news)

As far as double D, he is unique, quite, but he is one of the most honest people to ever come down the pike.  And IMO double D had the best iron game of the modern era, but with what he has had to deal with in his personal life, I for one have decided to give the guy behind the oakleys  a pass on his aloofness.......I would love to know what you know and I don't ......rdt

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75

What the hell are you talking about?  Stuart Cink is as classy a guy as you can find.  I have no idea what your problem with either him of Duvall could be,  You are apparently the 1st class jerk.

juvenal
juvenal

B_J-on further reflection, you are absolutely right! since it is all really about $$$$, i recommend any young person out there-never get married! after all, any service a spouse can provide can be rented.........

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

My bad on the spelling; it's Stewart Cink.  At any rate he is involved with junior golf programs and focuses charitable pursuits on programs that help children through the grieving process. He’s also involved in the East Lake Foundation, which has driven the revitalization of the East Lake Community in Atlanta. He is also a committed Christian and active in FCA

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GTBob

No - he wants to get rid of all sports except for MEN's basketball and football.

GTLee
GTLee

I agree with Pirate. Bham is a whiny little A-hole. I hope I never have to meet him at a pre-game tailgate. He needs to go root for another team.