Ben Smith Jackets Take Lead at Carpet Capital Collegiate – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

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THE FLATS –Luke Schniederjans fired a 4-under-par 68 Friday, leading No. 3 Georgia Tech to a 4-under-par score of 284 and a six-stroke lead after the opening round of the 31stCarpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.

TECH LINEUP– Schniederjans birdied six holes and put the icing on the cake with an eagle-2 at the last, a difficult 417-yard, par 4 finishing hole. The senior All-American from Powder Springs, Ga., who won this event as a freshman, started out hot with four birdies in his first six holes. He gave all but three shots back after a double-bogey at 9, then played the back nine in 3-under-par to finish the day in a tie for first place individually.

Noah Norton was the only other Yellow Jacket under par Friday, posting a 2-under-par 70 that included an eagle at the par-5 15th, and the junior from Chico, Calif., is tied for third place, two shots off the lead. Senior Tyler Strafaci (Davie, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Ben Smith (Novi, Mich.) both shot 73 to count for Tech, and are tied for 14thplace.

Freshman Andy Mao (Johns Creek, Ga.), making his collegiate debut, stood 1-under-par through 14 holes but stumbled with a quadruple bogey and a double bogey at 15 and 16 and shot 77. Sophomore Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah), competing as an individual, shot 75 and is tied for 30th.

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Noah Norton fired a 70 and is two shots back of the lead.

TEAM LEADERBOARD– Playing without All-American Andy Ogletree, who is in England this weekend representing the United States at the Walker Cup, Georgia Tech was the only team to post a subpar score Friday, getting as low at 6-under-par before finishing at 284 (-4). The Jackets hold a six-stroke advantage over North Florida (290, +2). The Ospreys played strong golf through 13 holes, get

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