Raleigh Regional: Georgia Tech cruises to title
Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Team winner: Georgia Tech (27-under 825)
Individual winner: Jonathan Sanders, Washington (10-under 203)
Also moving on: Teams – 2. Washington (842), 3. Texas A&M (849), 4. Kentucky (856), 5. Florida State (860). Individual – Cyrus Stewart, Wake Forest (209).
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Georgia Tech cruised to its fifth NCAA regional title in school history, and first since 2002, winning by 17 shots Saturday at the NCAA Raleigh (N.C.) Regional.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked second by Golfweek, finished at 27-under 825, the team's best 54-hole total in regional history, and placed all five players in the top 15.
Ollie Schniederjans, a Hogan Award finalist and ACC player of the year, led the way for Georgia Tech, finishing second at 7-under 206, three shots behind medalist Jonathan Sanders of Washington. Seth Reeves shot three straight 2-under 69s en route to finishing T-3 with Texas A&M's Adria Arnaus at 6 under. Bo Andrews (sixth) and Anders Albertson (eighth) also notched top 10s for the Yellow Jackets.
"We know we have a good team, five guys who can shoot under par and are capable of winning the tournament," Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said. "We're in a good place."
Georgia Tech closed with a final-round, 1-over 285, its highest score of the tournament by 13 shots. But it didn't matter, especially since the Yellow Jackets shot 268 in the first round, another school regional record.
"It's as good as we can feel going into the big one," Schniederjans said. "We have a great chance (at the NCAA Championship), and it's the one that matters."
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Seniors lead 'Cats
Kentucky punched its ticket to its first NCAA Championship since 2006 by finishing fourth at Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C., and it did so behind the play of three seniors.
Senior Stephen Powers finished solo fifth, capping a 5-under 208 with a 2-over 73, while seniors Cody Martin and Ben Stow finished T-25 and T-29, respectively.
"I am so happy for our seniors,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “Stephen, Cody and Ben deserved this and I love it for them."
The 33rd-ranked Wildcats, who have now qualified for eight NCAA championships, including five under Craig, shot a final-round, 12-over 296 Saturday to finish at 4-over 856. Kentucky was four shots better than fifth-place Florida State and eight shots clear of sixth-place Texas Tech.
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Jonathan Sanders took medalist honors at 10-under 203, becoming the fourth Washington players to medalist in a regional since 2010 – Richard Lee (2010), Chris Williams (2012) and Cheng-Tsung Pan (2013) are the others. . . . Wake Forest's Cyrus Stewart shot 1-over 72 in the final round to finish at 4 under and advance as an individual. He was two shots better than Minnesota's Jose Mendez and Mercer's Trey Rule, the next closest individuals not on advancing teams. . . . The highest-ranked team to not advance was Mercer. Golfweek's 32nd-ranked team, the Bears finished eighth at 18 over, 10 shots back of fifth-place Florida State.