Albertson, Davenport in field for prestigious amateur tourney
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While one of his fellow Cherokee County products, Anders Albertson, was already in the main draw of the Dogwood Invitational, Riley Davenport didn’t have it quite as easy. The former Sequoyah standout, who recently competed his freshman season at Charlotte, advanced out of a qualifier to get his spot in the Dogwood, which begins today.
<BR>Staff file photo by Todd Hull
While one of his fellow Cherokee County products, Anders Albertson, was already in the main draw of the Dogwood Invitational, Riley Davenport didn’t have it quite as easy. The former Sequoyah standout, who recently competed his freshman season at Charlotte, advanced out of a qualifier to get his spot in the Dogwood, which begins today.
Staff file photo by Todd Hull
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A few of the top college players in the country — Georgia Tech teammates Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans among them — will be vying for titles as the Dogwood Invitational starts today in Atlanta.

Albertson and Schniederjans know the 6,860-yard layout of Druid Hills Golf Club well, having played there the last three years, and they know they will be seeing plenty of birdie opportunities.

Albertson, the former Etowah High School star, and Schniederjans will be in a field that includes Southern Amateur champion Peter Williamson.

Georgia Tech’s Richy Werenski is also in the Dogwood field, as are LSU’s Curtis Thompson and Trey Mullinax, who recently helped Alabama to the NCAA championship in Milton. North Florida’s M.J Maguire is also back after placing fifth in last year’s Dogwood.

Albertson, the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference champion and a third-team All-American, is confident he will fare well in this year’s tournament after struggling late last year and finishing 28th. He said the key to having a successful tournament is setting himself up for as many birdie putts as possible.

Anderson will start on the back nine at 8:50 a.m. and is paired with Sean Murphy, a rising senior at the Marist School in Atlanta, and rising Vanderbilt freshman Michael Decker.

“I don’t remember a lot about what happened last year, but I feel good going into it this week,” Albertson said. “I expect the course to be tough but fair, and if you play good, you’ll score well.”

Former Sequoyah standout Riley Davenport, who recently finished his freshman season at Charlotte, is also in the field after being one of eight golfers to survive Monday’s qualifying round with a 69.

In getting ready for the qualifier, Davenport worked with Hawks Ridge Golf Club teaching pro Will Bartram to help him on the tee box. Davenport kept his score down by making the green on 17 holes in the Dogwood qualifier.

Davenport, who will tee off from No. 1 at 8:36 a.m. with Georgia’s Joey Garber and LSU’s Smylie Kaufman, is not concerned about the pressure of matching his qualifying score.

“I feel the qualifier was harder,” he said. “I just want to have fun and try to shoot a low number. I’m excited to get a chance to go out there and make some birdies.”

Schniederjans, also an all-ACC golfer and third-team All-American, is pairing up with Williamson and Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter on No. 10 at 9:35 a.m. He’s looking to improve upon last year’s sixth-place showing at Dogwood.

“You’re going to have a lot of birdie putts. That’s the big thing,” Schniederjans said. “You have to be consistent with your wedges. This one is as mental as any tournament. When the course is easy, it’s just as challenging as the hard ones. You just have to make your birdies.”

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