Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Georgia Tech golfer and Peachtree Ridge grad Seth Reeves practices prior to this year's NCAA Championships in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech will be making its 26th appearance, all but one of those since 1985, in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships this week, and this one is very close to home.
The Yellow Jackets are hosting the national finals for the first time at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton.
Tech is seeded seventh and is paired for the first two rounds with eighth-seeded Arkansas and ninth-seeded TCU. It will tee off No. 10 beginning at 1:10 p.m. in Tuesday’s opening round and off No. 1 in Wednesday’s second round. Pairings and tee times for the first 36 holes are set by seed, and pairings for the final round of stroke play Thursday will be set by team score.
Tickets are $50 for a tournament book and $15 for a daily ticket. Spectators may purchase tickets and park at Mill Springs Academy, 13660 New Providence Road in Milton. A shuttle is available from there to the golf course.
Defending national champion Texas, ranked No. 4 nationally, and 2012 runner-up Alabama, ranked No. 2, also advanced from regional competition last weekend along with top-ranked California, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 New Mexico, No. 6 Washington, No. 10 Florida.
The 75th edition of the national championship takes place over six days, beginning Tuesdayd when the 30 teams battle in 54 holes of stroke play, 18 holes each day over three days, followed by three days of match play competition culminating in the national championship match Sunday, June 2.
The field for the NCAA championship was filled by the top five teams advancing from each of six regional tournaments taking place around the country. Georgia Tech qualified for the national championship by finishing fourth to advance from the NCAA Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional, which was played at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club.
The Yellow Jackets qualified for the 21st time in 23 regionals in which they have played since the NCAA began using a regional qualifying format for its championship. Bo Andrews, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., played flawlessly over the final 16 holes and shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, lifting seventh-ranked Georgia Tech to a 3-under-par final round of 285 and 15-under-par total of 849, five shots ahead of the Sooners.
All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans join Andrews in the Tech group that will compete this week, along with junior Seth Reeves, a Peachtree Ridge grad, and freshman Shun Hat Hak.
Albertson has played extremely well over the last two months, winning the ACC title along with top 10 finishes at the Linger Longer Invitational, the Gary Koch Invitational and the Tallahassee Regional. Andrews won the Gary Koch and tied for 14th last week in Tallahassee, while Schniederjans has rolled along with top 20 finishes in each of Tech’s last four events. Reeves, who has struggled much of the spring, may be ripe for a comeback on the Crabapple Course, a layout which favors his long-hitting game. He tied for second in the Preview there last fall.
The NCAA.com will offer live web streaming of the championship beginning on the final day of stroke play Thursday, May 30, and during each day of match play.
Georgia Tech’s golf team has played three official events at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course previously, including two this year.
Tech was the host school for the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational last September, and the Yellow Jackets tied for first place with top-ranked California with a 5-over-par score of 845. Earlier this spring, Tech hosted a dual match against TCU, which will be in the field for the championship, and the Horned Frogs came away with a 3 1/2-2 1/2 victory.
Tech hosted the 2010 Southeast Regional on the Crabapple Course, finishing third with the identical score of 845 (5 over). The winning score was 841 (1 over) by Oklahoma State. Clemson was second at 843 (3 over).