The Georgia Tech sophomore and former Etowah High School standout fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the individual title at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in New London, N.C.
It was Albertson’s first tournament win. He also became the eighth Yellow Jacket to win an ACC title, alongside such forer players as Cameron Tringale, Bryce Molder and David Duval.
“It was a fun week,” he said. “I would have loved to have come away with the team title, too, but it was nice that Georgia Tech could at least be represented with the individual title.”
Through rain and wind, Albertson maintained the steady play from the first two rounds, putting him in contention. He finished the tournament at 201 to break the 54-hole tournament scoring record of 202, which was set in 2008 by Wake Forest’s Webb Simpson, now a PGA Tour regular who won the U.S. Open last spring.
Albertson, the only player to shoot each round below 70, also matched Simpson’s record for margin of victory at five strokes. Florida State’s Chase Seiffert and Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers each finished five strokes back at 206.
Albertson, who was also named the ACC golfer for the month for April, played particularly well on the front nine. In the final round, he played it 4-under.
“I tried to get off to a good start,” he said. “That was nice to get under par fast and just kind of ride that the rest of the day. I did that every day. I think, overall, I just played well every day and stepped up my game plan from the start of the event until the last hole.
“That was the first time I have been able to do
that, and the results were awesome.”
As a team, Georgia Tech (851) placed fourth behind Duke (839), Virginia Tech (842) and Florida State (842).
The Yellow Jackets will find out Monday in which of the NCAA regionals they will play in May 16-18. The top five teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA championship, which will be played May 28-June 2 at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course, which straddles the Fulton and Cherokee county lines.
After finishing the ACC tournament Sunday, Albertson said he returned to campus Monday for final exams. He said it will be nice when he finishes the semester Friday and can enjoy the regional and — hopefully — national tournaments.
The Georgia Tech golf team will move into a hotel at the end of the week.
“I enjoy school, but it definitely makes it a little easier,” Albertson said. “At the ACC, I had to go back and study for finals after each round. Obviously, there are other things you would like to get doing when you are at a tournament, so it will be nice to just practice, work out and spend time with my friends and family.”
As for winning the Bobby Dodd Award — named for the man who spent 45 years at Georgia Tech as a football coach and athletic director, and whose name graces the Yellow Jackets’ football stadium — Albertson said it was an honor.
“It was awesome,” he said. “I didn’t really expect to get that. It’s definitely an honor to be associated with all the other great athletes who have been associated here with Georgia Tech and that award.”