Ben Smith Jackets, Baylor Share Title at Olympia Fields – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

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Olympia Fields, Ill. –Ben Smith fired a 1-under-par 69 Sunday, while Tyler Strafaci and Noah Norton each shot even-par 70 as No. 3 Georgia Tech held on to claim a share of the championship of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.

It is the 12thtournament championship in the last two-plus years for the Yellow Jackets and its senior class of Strafaci, Andy Ogletree and Luke Schniederjans. It is victory No. 61 in the 24-plus-year tenure of head coach Bruce Heppler and the 92ndin program history, dating back to the advent of stroke-play competition in college golf in the early 1980s.

TECH LINEUP –Smith, a redshirt freshman from Novi, Mich., paced the Yellow Jackets on this day. He recorded four birdies in a six-hole stretch during the middle of his round to help the Jackets come from a stroke behind to four ahead early on the back nine. He posted his best career finish, a tie for 14thplace, at 3-over-par 213.

Strafaci (Davie, Fla.) and junior Noah Norton (Chico, Calif.) each shot even-par 70, and Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.) provided the fourth counting score with a 72. Ogletree (Little Rock, Miss.) shot 73 and didn’t count for the Jackets on Sunday.

Ogletree and Norton each tied for ninth place individually at 2-over-par 212, while Schniederjans tied for 24thoverall at 215 (+5), and Strafaci tied for 30that 217 (+7).

Statistically, Tech paced the field in scoring on par 4 holes (4.13) and par 5 holes (4.70) and finished fourth in birdies (40).

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TEAM LEADERBOARD –Georgia Tech posted the day’s best score at 281 (+1), while No. 20 Baylor, who began the day with a one-stroke lead on the Yellow Jackets, shot 282 (+2). The teams completed 54 holes at 6-over-par 846, three shots ahead of No. 10 Pepperdine, who shot 282 to finish at 9-over-par 849.

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