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April 27, 2013
New London, N.C. — Florida State enters the final round of the 60th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Tournament in the lead, but the Seminoles, despite playing well, saw their first round lead shrink to just four strokes over Duke, and five over defending championship Georgia Tech Saturday at the Old North State Club.
FSU enters Sunday’s final round four shots in the lead after posting a second-round eight-under-par 280 to go with its sizzling first-round 271, for a 36-hole total of 551. Florida State was led by senior Chase Seiffert (Panama Cty, Fla.) who shot a second-round 66 to move into second place in the individual competition with a two-round total of 135, two strokes behind individual leader Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech (133).
In all four teams enters Sunday’s play, which begins at 8:30 a.m., with four teams—FSU (551), Duke (555), Georgia Tech (556) and Virginia Tech (558)--within seven shots of each other.
The ACC Digital Network will carry live action from the Tournament beginning at 2:30 p.m. until the finish.
Virginia finished in 5th place with a 10-under-par 566 followed by Wake Forest (572), Clemson (573), North Carolina and NC State tied each at 580, Maryland (592) and Boston College (597).
“I thought we played pretty well with the exception of the par 5’s,” said Florida State head coach Trey Jones. “The par 5’s are set up to score, the hole locations are less difficult and we played them over par, with the exception of Chase. He played extremely well and picked us up today.
Duke placed itself firmly in contention for their first title since 2005 with a second round 273, 15 strokes under par as the Blue Devils were led by senior Julian Suri, a senior from St. Augustine, Fla., who tied Seiffert for individual honors on the day with a six-under-par 66. Suri and teammates Adam Sumrall, a senior from South Bend, Ind., and Brinson Paolini, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., combined to shoot 13-under-par for the day as Duke posted a two-round total of 555.
“We got off to a better start today, which helped,” said Duke head coach Jamie Green. “We kind of watched Florida State get off to a great start yesterday and kind of ride that all day. I think we enjoyed that today. It was a very good round, it could have been an extraordinary round and that just goes to them keeping a level head after yesterday. There was probably a lot they left out there, but, at the same time, just stay patient and you’ll capitalize eventually.
“I’ve been here a lot and you can have a four-shot change on one hole alone. The Tournament can be on the first hole or the last hole. You just have to play your own game and put the blinders on. We’re right there and it should be fun tomorrow.”
Suri drew praise from Green for his play.
“You know, he likes this place,” said Green. “He shot a 66 in the second round here last year with a broken bone in his hand. He’s dialed in. He feels good about his golf swing and its always nice to have family around. I know he’s in a really good place with his game.
Defending ACC Champion Georgia Tech, which has won the last four ACC golf titles, enjoyed the best round of any team Saturday, posting a 16-under-par 272, led by a pair of sophomores in Anders Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Ollie Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.) and freshman Shun Yat Hak (Lake Mary, Fla.) who all shot five-under par 67s.
Albertson holds the tournament individual lead with a two-day total of 133, 11 strokes under par for the Tournament. He will take a two-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round.
Schniederjans shot a second-round 67 to go with his opening round 69 and is tied for third place for individual honors behind Albertson and Seiffert. Virginia Tech also moved into contention, shooting a 12-under par 276. The Hokies were led by senior Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville, Va.), who shot a 68 and moved into a tie for third place in the individual competition with Schniederjans.