Men's Midweek Report: Ga. Tech continues to win
Welcome to Golfweek’s Men's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men's college news.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
1. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech won its second tournament in as many events to start the 2013-14 season. No. 4 inGolfweek’s preseason rankings, Georgia Tech won the Tar Heel Invitational on Sept. 15 in large fashion. The team won by 20 shots over North Carolina State. The Yellow Jackets took hold of the first four spots on the individual leaderboard as Seth Reeves won the event, Richy Werenski finished in second, Ollie Schniederjans was third and Anders Albertson tied for fourth. It is the second week in a row that these four players finished inside the top 12 on the individual leaderboard. The Jacket’s fifth player, Bo Andrews, finished T-58 and T-23. It's the first time the team has won back-to-back tournaments since the 2001-02 season.
2. Alabama: The defending NCAA champs returned to action this season with an impressive win at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. The Crimson Tide won by 18 shots over Texas, the 2012 NCAA champs. Four players – Robby Shelton, Trey Mullinax, Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett – all finished inside the top 12 as individuals. It was the team’s seventh consecutive victory dating back to last season.
3. Oklahoma: No. 19 in Golfweek's preseason rankings, the Sooners picked up a win in their season-opener, the Golfweek Conference Challenge. It’s the team’s second season-opening win under head coach Ryan Hybl. Three players – Max McGreevy, Charlie Saxon and Beau Titsworth – all finished in the top 10 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.
4. Washington: The Huskies won their home tournament, the Kikkor Husky Invitational, by 18 shots over runner-up Arizona State. Washington was the only team under par. It’s the third season in a row that Washington has won its home tournament. Washington was No. 7 in Golfweek's preseason rankings.
5. Virginia Tech: The Hokies finished runner-up at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, beating top-20 teams Houston, New Mexico and LSU. The team fired a 10-under 278 (which tied Oklahoma for the low team round of the tournament) to surge up the leaderboard.
1. Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech: Reeves picked up his second collegiate win at the Tar Heel Invitational on Sept. 15, where he won by four shots. Reeves, from Duluth, Ga., was only one of eight players under par at UNC Finley Golf Club with rounds of 69-69-70. Last week, teammate Schniederjans won the Carpet Capital Collegiate, making it the first time since the 2001-02 academic year that the individual champion in back-to-back tournaments has been a Yellow Jacket.
2. Robby Shelton, Alabama Shelton’s arrival at Alabama has not gone unnoticed. He has succeeded in filling the shoes of first-team All-American Justin Thomas, who left this year for the pro ranks. He shot even-par 210 at Olympia Fields to tie for first and win in his first college start. The only other player at Alabama to do that: Thomas.
3. Cameron Wilson, Stanford: Wilson, of Rowayton, Conn., picked up his first collegiate victory when he tied for first at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Wilson had up-and-down rounds (75-65-70) at Olympia Fields. His second-round 5-under 65 was bogey free and the low round of the tournament.
4. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington: Pan won his second-consecutive Kikkor Husky Invitational title. He shot a final-round 67 to win by five. Pan, a junior, comes into the season after taking six weeks off during the summer to work on his fitness and strength.
5. Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech: Vincent, a junior from Zimbabwe, tied for first at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with LSU’s Stewart Jolly to earn his first collegiate victory. He becomes the first Virginia Tech player to win an individual title in seven years. Vincent closed with an 8-under 64, which included a stretch where he was 7 under through six holes (starting on the back nine, Nos. 18-5).
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1. California: DNP
2. Alabama: Won, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
3. Oklahoma State: Third, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
4. Georgia Tech: Won, Tar Heel Invitational
5. UCLA: DNP
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How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1. Michael Kim California: DNP
2. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: T-21, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
3. Bobby Wyatt Alabama: T-6, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
4. Cory Whitsett, Alabama: T-12, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
5. Julien Brun, TCU: DNP