East Hampton, N.Y. – Ross Steelman fired an opening-round 70 and has the individual lead, and Georgia Tech stands in second place Monday evening after play was suspended due to darkness during the second round at the Hamptons Intercollegiate.
The Yellow Jackets shot 3-over-par 291 during the rain-delayed morning round, and is 6-over-par for the tournament through the turn in round 2, five shots behind leader Northwestern (+1). The Wildcats also shot 291 in the early round and were 2-under-par for the second round when play was halted. Tech and the Wildcats shared the team lead after the opening round.
No teams were under par at the time play was halted, and only two individuals were in red figures on the 6,742-yard Maidstone Club course. The second round will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, with round 3 beginning immediately afterward with a shotgun start.
TECH LINEUP – Steelman carded five birdies and three bogeys on the way to his morning round of 70, and the junior from Columbia, Mo., scored two birdies with one bogey through 10 holes in round 2 to assume a two-stroke lead.
Freshman Benjamin Reuter (Naarden, The Netherlands) shot 74 in the morning and was 1-under-par in the afternoon, sitting in a tie for sixth individually, while junior Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah) is tied for 12th place at 3-over-par.
All six Tech golfers, including senior Ben Smith (Novi, Mich.), who is competing as an individual, are among the top 30 players on the individual leaderboard. Smith shot even-par 72 in the morning and is tied for 20th at level par, while Christo Lamprecht (George, South Africa) and junior Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) are tied for 26th.
TEAM LEADERBOARD – One of two teams under par for round 2 (-2), Northwestern has a five-stroke lead over the Yellow Jackets (+6), with both teams having finished 10 holes in round 2. Virginia (+9) holds third place, followed by Liberty and Duke, each at 10-over-par. The Blue Devils were 4-under-par for the second round when play was halted.
Loyola of Maryland is the next closest team, sitting in sixth place at 20-over-par.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – Steelman (-3 through 27 holes) leads by two shots over Virginia’s Chris Fosdick (-1 through 28 holes), who was 3-under-par for his afternoon round.
Three players – Northwestern teammates John Driscoll and David Nyfjall and Duke’s Luke Sample – are even par through 28 holes and tied for third place, followed by the Yellow Jackets’ Reuter, who is alone in sixth place at 1-over-par through 27 holes.
HEAD COACH BRUCE HEPPLER SAID – “The weather conditions were brutal early, but I thought we played the hard holes well, and we made up a lot of ground on the back nine, where there are three par-5s. We haven’t gotten to those in round 3, so the scores don’t mean a whole lot at this point. Ross has played the golf course really well so far.”
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – Georgia Tech is competing in the Hamptons Intercollegiate for the first time. The event was played for the first time in 2019, and the Yellow Jackets were set to compete in last year’s event before COVID-19 forced its cancellation. The 54-hole event, with 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday, is conducted at Maidstone Golf Club, one of the oldest golf courses in the United States, which plays to a par of 72 but measures just 6,742 yards.
Twelve teams are competing, including host Loyola Maryland (ranked No. 119 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index), California (75), Duke (56), George Washington (212), Georgetown (168), Georgia Tech (3), Liberty (28), Northwestern (46), Penn (232), Princeton (183), Virginia (NR) and Yale (137).
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