We are counting down the top 30 men’s teams heading into the fall college season.
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No. 4 Georgia Tech
2012-13 Golfweek ranking: 8
Go-to guy: Junior Anders Albertson
Season outlook: The only thing missing from the Georgia Tech trophy case is an NCAA Championship. Last year marked the third time in the past five years that Bruce Heppler’s squad has advanced to match play, where they lost to eventual champion Alabama in the semifinals. With four of five players from that lineup back, the Yellow Jackets’ ultimate goal is reachable.
Those returnees are juniors Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans and seniors Bo Andrews and Seth Reeves, giving Tech a top four that can match up with just about anyone. The only loss was the departure of Shun Yat Hak, who left school early to pursue a professional career. Albertson, who won the ACC Championship was a Golfweek first-team All-American last season and recorded a team best 71.05 scoring average. Schniederjans was is coming off a good summer where he played will in several higher profile amateur events. Albertson and Schniederjans will be the key to any success the Yellow Jackets have this year. The Jackets need Richy Werenski – who has displayed flashes of greatness, including a victory at the 2012 Porter Cup and top 10s at this summer’s Southern Amateur and U.S. Amateur stroke-play qualifying – to exhibit more consistency and take hold of the No. 5 spot.
There are many moments in the past few years when Tech has appeared to be one of the country’s three or four best teams. On paper at least, the Jackets again have that look.
– Lance Ringler