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Tech Golf Competing in Linger Longer Invitational – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Tech Golf Competing in Linger Longer Invitational – Men's Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

THE FLATS – Staying close to home for its fourth spring event, Georgia Tech’s 14th-ranked golf team heads to Lake Oconee to compete against a strong regional field in the 18th Linger Longer Invitational Sunday through Tuesday at the Great Waters Course in Eatonton, Ga.

The Yellow Jackets, No. 14 in the Scoreboard collegiate rankings and No. 11 in the Bushnell/GCAA coaches poll, are competing in their fourth time zone this spring after finishing sixth against a stacked national field in the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawai’i, second against a strong Southern field at the Watersound Invitational in Florida and fourth against a strong field of Western teams at the RE Lamkin Invitational in California.

Fourteen teams will compete over three days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) at the Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT from the first and 10th tees. Five of the competing teams are listed in the top 50 of the current Scoreboard NCAA Golf Rankings, including Tech (14), Virginia (13) and defending champion Alabama (16) in the top 25.

Tech has three starters back from a team that won the program’s 19th Atlantic Coast Conference championship and posted a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship last spring, including seniors Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) and Christo Lamprecht (George, South Africa) and sophomore Hiroshi Tai (Singapore). They have formed the core of the Tech lineup this spring along with freshmen Kale Fontenot (Lafayette, La.) and Carson Kim (Yorba Linda, Calif.).

Hiroshi Tai has finished in the top 10 in each of Tech’s last two tournaments. (photo by Ross Obley)


TECH LINEUP – Head coach Bruce Heppler, in his 29th year coaching the Yellow Jackets, has utilized the same starting five for all three spring events and will do so again for the Linger Longer Invitational.

Lamprecht is currently ranked the No. 1 amateur in the world, No. 2 in the PGA Tour University rankings, and No. 4 in the Scoreboard collegiate rankings. The 6-8 senior won twice in the fall, winning the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational and the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational, and missed a third victory by one stroke at the Watersound Invitational a month ago. He owns a team-best 68.72 stroke average, which is on pace to set a Tech program record.

Forrester, ranked No. 175 in the Scoreboard rankings, led the Yellow Jackets Amer Ari Intercollegiate, tying for…


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