Both Georgia and Georgia Tech scored victories in tournaments in late March, with a player from each team capturing the individual title as well.
Georgia won the annual Linger Longer Invitational at Reynolds Plantation’s Greater Waters course, while Georgia Tech captured the Valspar Collegiate in Palm City, Fla.
The Bulldogs knocked off defending national champion Alabama to win at Great Waters, with senior Michael Cromie winning a playoff against Alabama’s Robby Shelton to take the individual title.
Cromie posted scores of 71-67-69 to finish at 9-under 207. Teammates Joey Garber and Lee McCoy both tied for 3rd at 210. Garber opened with scores of 66-70, while McCoy, a sophomore from Clarkesville, shot 69-72-69. He and Cromie were the only two players to shoot in the 60s the final day, with teammate Nicholas Reach shooting a 70 for the only other sub-par score. Reach tied for 13th at 215.
Georgia and Alabama were tied after 36 holes, but the Bulldogs shot 281 the final day to 291 for the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs, who shot 278 both rounds the opening day, finished at 27-under 837, 10 in front of Alabama. Oklahoma State, which led after an opening round 271, finished 30 shots behind the Bulldogs in 3rd place.
All five Georgia starters finished among the top 13, with Keith Mitchell tying for 10th at 214. Competing as an individual for the Bulldogs, Augusta freshman Greyson Sigg tied for 7th at 213.
Mercer tied for 5th in the tournament at 874, led by Eatonton’s Trey Rule, who tied for 15th at 216. Emmanuel Kountakis, a freshman from Augusta, and James Beale tied for 19th for the Bears at 217.
Kennesaw State was 9th at 879. Teremoana Beaucousin led the Owls, tying for 7th at 213. Both Austin Vick of Evans and Jimmy Beck of Columbus were T25 for the Owls at 219, with Beck among the first round leaders after a 67.
Georgia Tech out-dueled Oklahoma State the final day to win in Florida, with Powder Springs junior Ollie Schiederjans capturing medalist honors to earn a spot in next year’s Valspar-sponsored PGA Tour stop in Tampa.
Tech and Oklahoma State were tied after 36 holes at 554, with the Jackets shooting 283 the final day for a 15-under 837 total, eight strokes ahead of the Cowboys.
Schniederjans won the individual title by two shots with a 12-under 201 total, posting three straight scores of 67. Duluth’s Seth Reeves shot 68-71 the first two days and tied for 15th at 212 with teammate Bo Andrews. Richy Werenski contributed an opening round 69, and Woodstock’s Anders Albertson shot 71-72 the first two rounds.
Playing against one of the strongest fields in college golf on a difficult course in windy conditions, both Georgia and Georgia Tech finished off the pace in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.
The Bulldogs placed 6th in the 15-team field, shooting 289 the final day to finish with a 300 total, 14 behind UNLV’s winning score. Garber led the Bulldogs, tying for 17th at 223 after a final round 69. McCoy closed with a 71 for a 228 total.
The Yellow Jackets never broke 300 and ended up 12th at 917. A final round 70 gave Schniederjans a tie for 12th at 222, with Reeves T26 at 226.