Coming off of a successful campaign in 2010 that included an ACC Championship, the men’s golf team kicked off the 2011 season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga. from Sept. 9-11.
Tech completed a final round 14-under-par rally to finish third in the tournament after starting the final day in seventh place. The Jackets finished with a total score of 857, seven under par, behind Auburn and Tennessee.
Tech competed against 12 of the country’s most competitive teams; six of the teams that competed in the event rank in the top 25 nationally.
The Jackets opened up strong on Friday, taking the lead with a 286 stroke, two under par showing. Chattanooga and Clemson tied for second, only one stroke behind Tech. The entire 12 team field was separated by only 15 shots.
Sophomore Drew Czuchry and freshman Ollie Schniederjans both shot rounds under par on their first day playing for the Jackets. Czuchry finished the day with a share of second place with a three-under-par 69 performance, only one shot behind Stephen Jaeger of Chattanooga.
Tech lost its early lead on Saturday, when the team posted a score of 297, nine-over-par, and sank to seventh overall in the tournament.
Freshman Anders Albertson led the team with a two-under-par score, but the rest of the team struggled to complete holes. At the end of the day, Albertson was tied for 15th individually, the highest spot of any Tech player.
Czuchry and Schniederjans finished five-over-par and six-over-par, respectively, and dropped to 26th place in the individual standings.
Redshirt sophomore Seth Reeves, who had struggled the previous two days, led the Jackets on Sunday with two eagles. Reeves posted a total score of 65, seven under par. Albertson and Schniederjans both finished with scores of five under par. Schniederjans was also able to score a pair of eagles, one of which he chipped in from the rough to finish out the final hole.
The total score for the team was 274 strokes, a team record for the event.
The Jackets will travel to Burlington, Iowa for their next match to play in the Golfweek Conference Challenge from Sept. 25-27.