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May 31, 2013
MILTON, Ga. — Ollie Schniederjans dropped in a three-foot putt on the first extra hole to defeat UNLV’s Kevin Penner, winning the deciding match in Georgia Tech’s 3-2 victory over the Rebels Friday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
The Yellow Jackets, who had lost in the quarterfinals of their two previous NCAA Match Play appearances in 2010 and 2011, have advanced to face third-seeded Alabama at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the second semifinal match at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course. The Crimson Tide routed 6th-seeded New Mexico, 4-1, in their quarterfinal match.
Top-seeded California, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, was tested severely by Arizona State in the first quarterfinal match Friday, but prevailed, 3-2. The Bears move on to face No. 5 seed Illinois, which got by fourth-seed Texas by the same score. Cal and the Illini will square off in the first semifinals match at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Tech also got wins from its No. 2 player, Anders Albertson, who defeated Kurt Kitayama, 2 and 1, and its No. 3 player, Bo Andrews, who captured a 3 and 2 win over Nicholas Maruri. Freshman Shun Yat Hak lost to A.J. McInerney, 2-up, and Seth Reeves fell to Carl Jonson, 4 and 3.
Schniederjans, from Powder Springs, Ga., took 2-up leads in his match four times, but Penner dropped birdies at holes 13 and 17 (on a 40-foot putt) to square the match. After halving the 18th hole, the Tech sophomore hit a perfect drive on the first playoff hole (par 4 No. 1) and landed his approach three feet from the cup, while Penner missed the green. Schniederjans drilled the putt to send Tech on to the semifinals.