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Yellow Jackets win sixth league title in seven years
NEW LONDON, N.C. – Georgia Tech shot a 54-hole 19-under-par 845 and defeated Clemson in two playoff holes to capture the 2015 ACC Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club.
The Yellow Jackets and Tigers finished stroke play tied, one ahead of third place and top-ranked Florida State, before deciding the team title in the second playoff hole.
“I’m very happy and excited for the young guys to finish strong like that, and especially in a playoff,” said Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson, who shot 11-under 205 to lead the Yellow Jackets. “It was a team effort, and we haven’t really played in many playoffs before, and so with two freshmen and a sophomore and the first time for them seeing the golf course, they hung in there great.”
After sitting tied for fourth after the first day of action, Georgia Tech shot 9-under par on Saturday to grab the lead. The team then was 6-under on Sunday.
“This is one of the most satisfying [victories] for me,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. “The field and the depth this year -- I thought the conference was as good as it’s been in a long time. You’ve got the No. 1 team in the country in Florida State, and to come down like it did, we brought three guys that had never played here before.
“To do that without a lot of experience and to beat the No. 1 team in the country and everybody else here is very satisfying.”
The title is the Yellow Jackets’ sixth in seven years and 16th in program history.
Clemson was in contention the entire week, finishing in the lead on Friday, tied for second on Saturday, and tied for first on Sunday.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team,” said Clemson head coach Larry Penley. “They never quit, even when the scoreboard showed us five shots out with just a couple of holes to play. To score three birdies on the last hole to force the playoff was quite an accomplishment.
Virginia finished with a three-round total of 853, 11-under par. North Carolina (854) came in fifth, followed by Virginia Tech (856), Louisville (866), Wake Forest (869), NC State (884), Duke (886), Notre Dame (911), and Boston College (913).
Albertson, Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist, and Virginia Tech’s Trevor Cone shot 11-under par for the weekend and were named co-champions.
"This is certainly an outstanding accomplishment," Louisville head coach Mark Crabtree said. "The ACC is widely considered one of the best golf conferences in the nation, and for him to win in one of the top conferences in the country, is an outstanding accomplishment for Robin."