The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) held their 2018 Men’s Golf Championship on April 20th-22nd. Much to the delight of students and alumni alike, Georgia Tech emerged victorious at Old North State Club.
Georgia Tech’s Performance
This is the 17th ACC Men’s Golf Championship title won by the Yellow Jackets in program history. Nine of their victories were won in the last 13 years. This year, the golfers took an early lead and extended that lead throughout the 3 days of the championship.
On Friday, Georgia Tech finished at the top of the leaderboard with 12-under 276. By Saturday, they were leading with 23-under 553. Sunday’s final results showed that Georgia Tech shot 29-under 835.
“It’s a great conference with all these teams that are ranked, so any time you win here it means a lot, and this year is no different,” Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler told the ACC reporter. “We knew that Clemson would come charging up the leaderboard, they always do. It got close and exciting and this place brings that out. We’re just happy to walk away on top this time.”
Individually, a few Georgia Tech golfers should be recognized for their performance during the championship. Tyler Strafaci and Luke Schniederjans tied for 12th place at 8-under. Chris Petefish finished in 17th place, just one stroke behind. Andy Ogletree tied in 24th place, finishing at 3-under.
Clemson is always tough competition for Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, and this year was no different. Clemson finished with 27-under 837. Wake Forest finished in 3rd place at 14-under 274, and the University of Virginia came in 4th at 10-under. Duke placed fifth at 20-under.
The remaining schools ranked in the following order: North Carolina and Notre Dame with 19-under, NC State with 18-under, Florida State with 16-under, Boston College with 8-under, Louisville with 2-under and Virginia Tech with 15-over.
The University of Virginia’s Thomas Walsh, a junior, took the ACC individual title, becoming the 4th from his school in program history. Danny Walker of Virginia also did very well.
About the ACC Men’s Golf Championship
This championship has been a tradition since 1954, when Arnold Palmer took the ACC individual title while he was a senior at Wake Forest. Many great golfers have placed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship over the years, as these ACC men’s golf records show, and there’s no doubt that many more will emerge in the future.