NCAA Men's Golf ACCtion: Saturday, June 1

June 1, 2013

Tech Falls to Alabama, 3-0-2, in NCAA Semifinals

MILTON, Ga.  Anders Albertson and Bo Andrews played all square with their opponents Saturday, but Georgia Tech was unable to carry the momentum of its thrilling quarterfinal victory over and fell, 3-0-2, to Alabama in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.

The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 2 in the nation and seeded third in the match play bracket at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course, moves on to face fifth-seeded Illinois in the championship match at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Illini knocked off top-ranked and top-seeded California, 3-2, in an upset in Saturday’s other semifinal match.

But the Crimson Tide seized momentum early in Saturday’s match and never let go, winning the first three matches to be completed, one on the 15th hole, one on the 17th and one on the 18th. Albertson was on the first extra hole of his match with Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt, and Andrews was all square on the 18th hole against Scott Strohmeyer when the Jackets’ Seth Reeves bogeyed the 17th hole to end his match with Justin Thomas, falling 3 and 1.

In the anchor match, Alabama’s Cory Whitsett used a stellar short game to get ahead four holes early against Ollie Schniederjans, who won a thrilling 19-hole match Friday against UNLV. The Tech sophomore was unable to wrest away Whitsett’s momentum and lost 3 and 2. Tech freshman Shun Yat Hak went up two holes early in his match against Trey Mullinax but dropped six of seven holes in one stretch and was defeated, 4 and 3.