The Georgia Tech sophomore isn’t sure what he will be doing when either Alabama or Illinois are crowned — after all, he had planned to be playing this morning — but he knows one thing.
He doesn’t want to see it.
“I haven’t thought that far, but if I’m not playing, I’m probably not going to be out,” the former Etowah High School standout said.
He was in the midst of a playoff against his semifinal-round opponent, Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt, when the Crimson Tide closed out the match to eliminate the Yellow Jackets 3-0-2.
Albertson went 1-up on No. 3, but Wyatt tied it two holes later. He again went 1-up on Wyatt after No. 10, but the advantage swung in Wyatt’s favor over the next two holes.
It wasn’t until No. 18 that Albertson tied the match and forced the playoff.
Emotions ran high for Albertson as the Yellow Jackets clinched their spot in the semifinals. He sprinted up the fairway and leaped into the arms on his teammate Ollie Schniederjans, who had just made a winning putt in a playoff with UNLV.
On Saturday, Albertson was much more composed.
“(On Friday), after we finished that up, there was no better feeling,” he said. “We were that much closer to our goal. Then you realize that your season is over and you get low for a little bit. You just have to pick yourself up and get back in it next year.”
Albertson brushed off the suggestion that Friday’s emotional victory took a toll on the players and left them lacking Saturday. He said the team ate a good dinner and had a solid night of sleep.
“Everything was perfect,” he said. “We just didn’t get it done.”
Albertson won’t be taking much time away from golf this summer. He will participate in a Georgia Tech junior golf camp this coming week before hitting the road for a series of amateur tournaments with the hope of qualifying for the United States Walker Cup team.
“I’ll be traveling six or seven weeks from June to July,” Albertson said. “I’m playing amateur tournaments all around. I’m looking forward to playing some really good tournaments and, hopefully, playing well.”
And, of course, Albertson will be back with his Georgia Tech teammates in the fall to make another championship bid and build off a standout sophomore season in which he won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and emerged at the Yellow Jackets’ most consistent player.
“It will be here before you know it,” he said.