Ben Smith Jackets Down Cal, UCLA at Cypress Point Classic – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

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Complete results and Tuesday pairings

Pebble Beach, Calif. –Without losing an individual match, 6th-ranked Georgia Tech knocked off No. 33 California and No. 24 UCLA Monday in the first two rounds, and advanced to the finals of the Cypress Point Classic at Cypress Point Golf Club.

The Yellow Jackets, the No. 2 seed in this event, will take on 5th-ranked and top-seeded Duke Tuesday morning (11 a.m. Eastern time) for the championship of the event. The Blue Devils won Tech’s home tournament, the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational, a week ago. The format for Tuesday’s matches will be singles.

No. 3 seed UCLA will face No. 4 Stanford in the third-place match, while No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Alabama will meet in the fifth-place match and No. 5 Southern California and No. 7 California will play for seventh place.

Tech won two points and led in the third match against both Cal and UCLA Monday, with its third point undecided in each after the matches were clinched.

Tech’s No. 2 team of senior Andy Ogletree (Little Rock, Miss.) and redshirt sophomore Ben Smith (Novi, Mich.) won twice Monday, defeating California in the fourball format and UCLA in foursomes. Seniors Tyler Strafaci (Davie, Fla.) and Luke Schniederjans (Powder Springs, Ga.) routed their California opponent in fourball, while sophomore Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah) and junior Noah Norton (Chico, Calif.) handled their UCLA foe in alternate shot.

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Andy Ogletree and Ben Smith (top photo) won both of their matches on Monday.

SEMIFINAL MATCH (foursomes format): Howe and Norton got Tech on the board against the Bruins by closing out the Bruins’ Devon Bling and Bryan Teoh on the 15thhole with a 4 and 3 victory. Ogletree and Smith clinched the 2-0 victory for the Yellow Jackets by defeating Eddy Lai and Hidetoshi Yoshihara, 3 and 2.

The Jackets’ top team of Strafaci and Schniederjans did not finish their match, holding a two-hole lead with three to play against Sean Maruyama and Chaz Aurilla when the match was clinched.

Duke advanced to the championship match by outlasting Stanford, 2-1, Monday, getting victories from its top two teams of Evan Katz and Chandler Eaton at No. 1, and Quin Riley and QiWen Wong at No. 2. In the consolation bracket, Alabama defeated Southern California, 2-1, while No. 6 Illinois downed No. 7 California, 2-1.

FIRST ROUND (Fourball format):  Strafaci and Schniederjans, who teamed up to win their fourball and foursomes matches in this event as freshmen in 2016, led the Yellow Jackets’ 2-0 rout of 33rd-ranked California with a 7 and 5 victory over the Bears’ top pairing of Kaiwen Liu and Connor Golembeski.

U.S. Amateur champion Ogletree and Smith needed 16 holes to defeat Cal’s No. 2 pairing of Jamie Cheatham and Finigan Tilly to clinch the match for the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s No. 3 team of Howe and Norton led James Song and Kento Yamawaki by two holes with three to play when the matched was clinched for the Jackets.

UCLA dispatched Illinois, 2.5-1.5, getting two victories and a half over the Illini. On the other side of the bracket, Duke blanked Alabama, 3-0, while Stanford edged Southern California, 2-1.

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