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April 22, 2012
NEW LONDON, NC (theACC.com) – With a cool, rainy and breezy day in the final round of competition, Georgia Tech captured their fourth straight and 14th overall title at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship, played April 20-22 at the Old North State Club (Par 72, 7,102 yards), in New London, N. C.
The Yellow Jackets have won twelve championships outright and two co-champion titles in 2006 with North Carolina and Virginia Tech in 2007.
Georgia Tech fired a total team score of 27-under par 837 to claim a seven stroke win over the Virginia Cavaliers who finished at 20-under par 844.
Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech head coach said, “When you are that far ahead, all you can do is mess up. That was a lot of pressure and it was all on us today. Virginia has a good team and played really well on the front nine and closed it to about five strokes. We try to play in January and February when it is nasty (weather) for days like today. For some of the younger guys who have not done this before, it is pretty special to see them hang in there. I am proud of them. It (Old North State Club) is a great place. It is a tournament (ACC) with a lot of tradition and history, so anytime you can win one, it is a big deal.”
Virginia’s Ben Rusch (So., Weinfelden, Switzerland) claimed the individual title with a 2-under 69 Sunday and a total score of 10-under 206.
Rusch became only the second Virginia player in history to win the ACC individual title. Pete Arend was the only other Cavalier to win the individual title in the 1955 championship.
Upon being informed of that fact, Rusch replied, “I did not know that and it makes me so proud.”
Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford (Sr., Cary, N.C.) finished second individually with a 9-under 207 and Virginia Tech’s Blake Redmond (Sr., Sugar Land, Tex.) claimed third place honors with an 8-under 208.
Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson (Fr., Woodstock, Ga.) led the Yellow Jackets with a tie for fourth at 7-under 209.
Virginia freshman Ji Soo Park (Clifton, Va.) fired a hole-in-one on the par three, 2ll yard third hole.
Along with Virginia’s Rusch, Virginia Tech’s Bryce Chalkley (So., Richmond, Va.) and Clemson’s Corbin Mills (Jr., Anderson, S.C.) had the low rounds of the day with a 2-under 69.
Florida State finished third at 17-under par 847 and was led by Daniel Berger (Fr., Jupiter, Fla.) who fired 5-under 211 and tied for seventh individually.
Virginia Tech and Clemson tied for fourth (857, -7). Duke placed sixth at 2-under 862, North Carolina finished seventh at 3-over 867. Wake Forest finished in eighth place (868), NC State in ninth place (872), Maryland in 10th (877) and Boston College in 11th (897).
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.