ALPHARETTA, Ga. -– Paul Haley shot a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday, rallying past two teammates to win medalist honors and lifting No. 4 Georgia Tech to a 17-stroke victory in the Yellow Jacket Classic at the Golf Club of Georgia.

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Tech, which had not played for four weeks before this weekend, shot rounds of 284 and 283 for a 9-under-par total of 567, while UNC-Wilmington finished second at 10-over 586. UAB was third at 605, followed by Georgia State at 607 and Troy at 627.

“We needed to get back on the course, and the scores we shot were just what we were looking for,” said Tech coach Bruce Heppler. “Paul won himself a tournament, and played very well to do it. We played both rounds under par. For the most part, everyone played well.”

Haley, a senior from Dallas, Texas, pronounced himself ready from the start Sunday, pitching in from 50 yards out for eagle on the first hole and recording three birdies on the back nine in his bogey-free round.

“You couldn’t ask for a better start than pitching in for eagle on the first,” said Haley. “I played very steady the rest of the front nine, then finally took the lid off the hole at 11 and made birdie, and played solidly coming in. I got it up and down every time I missed a green except one. My short game and my putting were really solid today.”

Tech’s three seniors finished 1-2-3 in the individual race. Haley finished the tournament with a 5-under-par total of 139, one stroke better than Kyle Scott, who shot 70-70 for a 4-under 140. John-Tyler Griffin, who led after 18 holes with a 69, finished with an even-par 72 for a 36-hole total of 3-under 141.

Freshman Richard Werenski shot a 73 on Sunday to go with an opening 74 to finish tied for fifth at 147, while James White tied for 13th at 151 after a closing 76.

It was the second tournament victory for Tech at the Golf Club of Georgia this year. The Yellow Jackets captured a 27-stroke victory against top-ranked UCLA in the United States Collegiate Championship in the fall. Haley became the third different Tech player to win a tournament this year, and the second to win on this golf course.

“Hopefully everyone got some confidence out of this and are back in tournament mode,” added Heppler. “For us to go up to the ACC cold was not the answer, so I feel very good about what we did here this weekend.”

YELLOW JACKET CLASSIC: FINAL TEAM RESULTS
Pos. School Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
1 Georgia Tech 284 283 567
2 UNC Wilmington 295 291 586
3 UAB 303 302 605
4 Georgia State Univ. 309 298 607
5 Troy University 330 297 627