Ben Smith Jackets Take Early Lead at Olympia Fields – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

Ben Smith Jackets Take Early Lead at Olympia Fields – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

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THE FLATS – Noah Norton,Andy OgletreeandTyler Strafacieach carded 1-under-par 69s on Friday, leading No. 3 Georgia Tech to a 2-stroke lead after the opening round of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational, Friday through Sunday in Olympia Fields, Ill.

TECH LINEUP –The Yellow Jackets played steady golf over the 7,219-yard, par-70 Olympia Fields Country Club on Friday, recording 14 birdies and only two holes higher than a bogey in fashioning a 2-under-par total of 278.

Norton (junior, Chico, Calif.) and Ogletree (senior, Little Rock, Miss.) each posted four birdies in their rounds, while Strafaci (senior, Davie, Fla.) had two with just one bogey. They are all tied for seventh place individually.Luke Schniederjans(senior, Powder Springs, Ga.), who won the Carpet Capital Collegiate two weeks ago, posted the Jackets’ fourth counting scored with a 1-over-par 71 and is tied for 21st.

Tech’s toss-out score was a 72 (+2) by redshirt freshmanBen Smith(Novi, Mich.).

The Jackets led the field in par-4 scoring (even) and pars (64), and are tied for second in birdies (Pepperdine carded 19).

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Noah Norton missed the final two rounds of the Carpet Capital Collegiate with back spasms but shot 69 Friday.

TEAM LEADERBOARD –The Yellow Jackets, who led wire-to-wire in winning the Carpet Capital Collegiate two weeks ago, have a 2-stroke lead over 10th-ranked Pepperdine, who shot even-par 280 led by a 68 from Sahith Theegala.

Top-ranked Texas shot 281 (+1) and sits along in third place, followed by Florida State at 282 (+2). No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 16 California and No. 20 Baylor posted scores of 283 (+3) and are tied for fifth place in the 15-team field. Florida (285, +5), North Carolina (286, +6) and host Illinois (287, +7) round out the top 10.

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