Ga. Tech goes wire-to-wire to win Brickyard
Sunday, October 9, 2011
MACON, Ga. – After a slow start to the season, Georgia Tech got back on track this weekend at the Brickyard Collegiate. Led by Anders Albertson and Seth Reeves, the Yellow Jackets won wire-to-wire, finishing 17 shots ahead of Florida State on the Riverside course at the Brickyard.
Georgia Tech saw much of its 36-hole lead vanish on the front nine, but responded with 12 birdies and two eagles on the back nine to win by a comfortable margin.
“We had eight top-50 teams here, so we feel very good to win and about how well we played,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “We got so far ahead after yesterday, all we could do was mess up. But I’m glad it happened the way we did. We were challenged today, and we responded.”
Georgia Tech, No. 4 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings, lived up to its lofty expectations after finishing third and eighth in its first two starts, respectively. Albertson, a freshman, continued his strong play, tying for second with teammate Reeves. It was Albertson’s third top-20 finish of the season.
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka, once one of the highest-ranked players in the country, won medalist honors for the first time in his career. He finished at 11-under 205.
It was Georgia Tech’s first victory at the Brickyard in five attempts.