THE FLATS – Coming to the end of its fall schedule, Georgia Tech’s golf team competes on both coasts this weekend, with one group of players participating in the prestigious East Lake Cup event Monday through Wednesday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., and the other half of the team competing in the Cypress Point Classic Monday and Tuesday in Monterrey, Calif.
Tech comes into its final fall events ranked No. 5 in the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll after finishing third at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, eighth at the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational in its first two events, and second in its home event, the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational.
Both of this week’s tournaments feature limited but top-flight fields. The East Lake Cup features the semifinalists from both the men’s and women’s NCAA championships from last spring – Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State and North Carolina for the men, and Wake Forest, Southern California, Stanford and Texas A&M for the women.
The Yellow Jackets defeated the Tar Heels, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the semifinals, before falling to the Gators in the championship match. The four teams will compete at stroke play for 18 holes on Monday for seeding in the match play bracket, which takes place Tuesday (semifinals) and Wednesday (consolation and championship matches). Competition begins each day at 11 a.m., and Golf Channel will televise the competition live each day from 3-6 p.m.
Tech will compete in the Cypress Point Classic for the third time after winning the 2019 event and finishing second in 2016. The field includes Auburn, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas for two days of match play competition. Monday features 36 holes, one round of foursomes (alternate shot), and one round of four-ball, with three two-man teams competing for each team. Teams will play six singles matches on Tuesday. Competition begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day.
Christo Lamprecht, the world’s No. 2-ranked amateur, has one tournament victory and one runner-up finish in three fall events. (photo by Clyde Click)
TECH LINEUP – After guiding the Yellow Jackets to the program’s 19th Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship, head coach Bruce Heppler has three starters back for his 29th season on The Flats, including seniors Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) and Christo…