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Team leader: Georgia Tech (28-under 540)
Individual leader: Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (8-under 134)
In position: 2. Washington (556), 3. Kentucky (560), 4. Texas A&M (565), 5. Florida State (567).
Chasing: T-6. Wake Forest (573), T-6. Minnesota (573), 8. South Alabama (574), 9. Texas Tech (576).
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Jackets lead big
Georgia Tech led Washington by four shots Thursday before inclement weather suspended the first round of the NCAA Raleigh (N.C.) Regional at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. After the completion of the second round just before sunset Friday, the top-seeded Yellow Jackets were up by 16 shots over the second-place Huskies.
The Yellow Jackets combined for 11 birdies and just one bogey on the back nine. Andres Albertson led the way with a 4-under 67 while Ollie Schniederjans and Bo Andrews added second-round 68s. Schniederjans leads overall at 8 under while Andrews is tied with Washington’s Jonathan Sanders and Kentucky’s Stephen Powers for second at 7 under.
“Following up a good round is hard to do sometimes,” Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said. “It took a little longer to get going in the second round, and the wind was completely different. Some of the holes on the front played harder, and the holes on the back didn’t play as hard. But everybody knew the score and the way we played the back was really encouraging.”
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‘Cats make move
At No. 33 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Kentucky isn’t among the five highest ranked teams its region, but the Wildcats are playing like it through two rounds.
Kentucky is solo third at 8-under 560, and is seven shots ahead of fifth-place Florida State and 13 shots clear of Wake Forest and Minnesota, the two teams tied for sixth.
A second-round, 5-under 560 is a big reason the Wildcats are in position to record their best regional finish since winning a regional in 2004. Kentucky was just 2 over when inclement weather suspended Thursday’s first round.
“The boys made a nice move today,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “We played particularly well to end the first round and carried that momentum into the second round.”
Stephen Powers leads the WIldcats individually. Powers is tied for second at 7 under. Will Bishop and Ben Stow are both tied for 11th.
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Florida State was 10th after the completion of the first round of play Friday, but the Seminoles shot 6 under as a team in the second round to move into fifth place at 1 under. . . . Five teams shot under par in the second, and all five are currently in the top 5. . . . Georgia Tech has four players in the top 10 individually. The only other team with multiple top-10 individuals is Washington, which boasts Jonathan Sanders at T-2 and Trevor Simsby at T-5.