Ben Smith Jackets Win 10th Carpet Capital Collegiate Title – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

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Rocky Face, Ga. –Luke Schniederjans completed a wire-to-wire victory with an even-par 72 Sunday, while fellow senior Tyler Strafaci paced Georgia Tech with a final-round, 2-under-par 70 as the No. 3 Yellow Jackets won the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in record fashion.

Tech won the Carpet Capital Collegiate for the 10thtime in the tournament’s 31-year history, and captured at least a share of the title for the third straight year, this time by a tournament-record 20 strokes over North Florida, Charlotte and East Tennessee State. It also was the Yellow Jackets’ 60thtournament victory in the tenure of head coach Bruce Heppler, who began his 25thseason on The Flats this weekend.

TECH LINEUP– Playing without junior Noah Norton for the second straight day (back spasms), meaning Tech was not able to drop its high individual score, the Yellow Jackets posted a 4-over-par round of 292 and finished the tournament as the only team under par for 54 holes.

Schniederjans, a senior from Powder Springs, Ga., demonstrated his comfort on the 7,180-yard layout at The Farm all weekend, cruising to a five-shot victory with a 9-under-par tournament score of 207. He shot 68-67 the first two rounds to build a seven-stroke margin, and his even-par 72 Sunday protected his lead from hard-charging teammate Strafaci, who crept within two shots at one point but finished with a round of 70 and took second place at 4-under-par 212.

Freshman Andy Mao (Johns Creek, Ga.) posted a top-20 finish in his collegiate debut, tying for 18thplace after carding an even-par 72 Sunday for a tournament total of 220 (+4). Redshirt sophomore Ben Smith (Novi, Mich.) tied for 48thplace at 229 (+13), while sophomore Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah), competing as an individual, tied for 31stplace at 224 (+8).

The Jackets piled up 55 birdies over three days despite the difficulty of

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