Joining Albertson on the third team was his teammate Ollie Schienderjans.
Albertson, who recently helped the Yellow Jackets to the semifinals of the NCAA championship in Milton, just completed his sophomore season. He finished in the top 20 in nine of the 17 events he played, placed in the top 10 five times and in the top five twice — including his title at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Albertson said it is always nice to be recognized for his hard work.
“The list gets shorter and shorter every year of guys who make the list, and it’s nice to keep that tradition going strong at Georgia Tech,” said Albertson, who was a Golfweek honorable mention last season. “It’s very cool. It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work and all of the people, who have helped me get to this point.”
The Golfweek team is determined by a player’s place in the publication’s rankings. Ten golfers make each of Golfweek’s three teams, with another 20 named honorable mentions.
Albertson, who played to a 71.1-stroke average this season, ranked 27th overall. California’s Michael Kim, who led Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Ball Ground’s Hawks Ridge Golf Club, topped the rankings.
Albertson said the most difficult part of excelling on the course is keeping the rest of his life in order. He said a lot more goes into success than being good at hitting a little white ball.
“There are a lot of different ways to work on getting better,” Albertson said. “A lot depends on time of the year and my school schedule. There is weight training, flexibility, mental, spiritual — just making sure you are in a good place. Playing golf is a lot more than playing golf. You have to be able to deal with staying focused and your stamina is up there.”
As with other sports, technology is also playing an increasing role. While Albertson doesn’t use film to scout his opponents, he does use it to improve his own technique.
“We watch film when we are working with a swing instructor, and what not,” he said. “You try not to watch it too much, but if you want to look at it, it’s definitely pretty common now for people to do that.”
On top of all that, as a student-athlete, he must make sure his grades are in order, and he keeps up with his class work, despite missing class because of competitions.
“Traveling on the road for 10 or 15 days a semester and missing class is the hardest part,” said Albertson, a business administration major and two-time member of the ACC’s academic honor roll. “You have to make sure you stay ahead. It’s never a good thing when you miss school and get behind because that affects your golf and your stress level. You want to make sure you keep it up.”
Albertson spent the week back at Georgia Tech, helping with Yellow Jackets coach Bruce Heppler’s junior golf camp. He will soon hit the road for about six weeks, playing amateur events before returning to Georgia Tech for the fall semester. \