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April 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - 2009 ACC Champion Georgia Tech captured the early lead on the first day of action at the 2010 ACC Men's Golf Championship, being held Friday through Sunday, April 23-25, at The Old North State Club, (Par 72, 7,100 yards), in New London, N.C.
Georgia Tech shot a nine-under-par 279 and was led by J.T. Griffin, a junior from Wilson, N.C. who shot a four-under-par 68.
"It was nice to get off to a good start," said Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. "Sometimes the first round is a tough one in this tournament and to be able to have a good start helps." Kyle (Scott, junior, Johannesburg, South Africa), Chesson (Hadley, senior, Raleigh, N.C.), and Paul (Haley, junior, Dallas, Tex.) all birdied the last hole which certainly helped us," continued Heppler.
Duke and Wake Forest are tied for second place with an eight-under-par 280. Clemson (284), Virginia (286) and NC State (287) are in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Maryland and Virginia Tech are tied at seventh place with a score of 290. Florida State (293), North Carolina (297) and Boston College (301) are in ninth, 10th and 11th place respectively.
Individually, Duke's senior Adam Long (St. Louis, Mo.), is in the clubhouse as the individual leader with a seven-under-par 65 and helped his team to a second-place first round finish.
NC State junior, Matt Hill (Brights Grove, Ontario) and Wake Forest sophomore, Lee Bedford (Cary, N.C.) are in second and third place individually. Hill shot a six-under-par 66 while Bedford shot a five-under-par 67.
Second round pairings will start at 8:30am with the group of Boston College and North Carolina. The second wave, which includes Florida State, Virginia Tech and Maryland will start at 9:10am. The third wave, which includes NC State, Virginia and Clemson will start at 10:10am and the final grouping of Wake Forest, Duke and Georgia Tech will start at 11:10am.
The championship is free and open to the public.