Yellow Jackets Extend Lead to 11 Strokes After Second Round of the 2012 ACC Men's Golf Championship

April 21, 2012

NEW LONDON, NC (theACC.com) - Georgia Tech continued their strong lead after the second round at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship, being held Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, at The Old North State Club, (Par 72, 7,100 yards), in New London, N.C.

Georgia Tech shot a 274 (-14) in the second round for a 32-under 544 total and extended their lead over Virginia who has a 21-under 555 total after shooting a 9-under 279 on Saturday. Georgia Tech won the championship in 2011 with a low team record score of 33-under par 831.

Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said, "We got off to a little slower start but hung in there and had some guys play really well on the back nine. James (White) had a good round (68) and as our senior, he needs too. The younger guys played better yesterday and hung in there today. But so far, everyone is in the game and it is a pretty special round that Richy (Werenski) played. It should be a great day tomorrow."

Georgia Tech's Richy Werenski, (So., South Hadley, Mass.) shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to lead individually after the second round of play with a total of 9-under 135.

Three players are tied at second place with an 8-under 136, including Virginia Tech's Blake Redmond (Sr., Sugarland, Tex.), Wake Forest's Lee Bedford (Sr., Cary, N.C.) and Virginia's Denny McCarthy (Fr., Rockville, Md.).

McCarthy fired the low round of the day, a 7-under 65, which also tied the ACC course record with five other players, the most recent was Duke's Adam Long in 2010.

Florida State remained in third place with a two-day total of 17-under 559. The Seminoles are led by Daniel Berger (Fr., Jupiter, Fla.) who is tied for fifth place at 7-under 137.

Clemson moved up to fourth place with a two-day total of 11-under 565, Duke is at fifth place (567, -9), North Carolina sixth (569, -7), Virginia Tech and Maryland tied for seventh (570, -6), NC State ninth (573, -3), Wake Forest at 10th (574, -2), and Boston College in 11th (598, +22). Live scoring, daily results and complete championship information will be available at http://bit.ly/2012ACCMGolf. Live web streaming will be available for free on Sunday, April 22 (1:30pm to conclusion of play) on the ACC.com.

Tee times Sunday are scheduled to start at 8:30am. The first group will include Boston College and Wake Forest with a start time of 8:30am. The second wave of NC State, Maryland and Virginia Tech begins at 9:10am. The third wave of North Carolina, Duke and Clemson will begin at 10:10am and the fourth and final wave of Florida State, Virginia and Georgia Tech begin play at 11:10am. The championship is free and open to the public.

NOTEWORTHY: The ACC, on behalf of our men's golf teams, donated a variety of books to the Communities in Schools of Montgomery County as part of the ACC Community Connections initiative. The Atlantic Coast Conference instituted an initiative known as ACC Community Connections, which pairs ACC teams and local schools to teach the importance of reading and other life lessons to the children in our championship communities. Natalie Eddins with Communities and Schools of Montgomery County, accepted the donation of books in a brief ceremony Thursday at the clubhouse.