The former Etowah High School standout and current Georgia Tech player enjoyed a bogey-free third round of the Dogwood Invitational with an 8-under par 64 on Friday.
Not only was that more than good enough for Albertson to make the cut at Druid Hills Golf Club, it left him at third overall, just two strokes off the lead.
Albertson is 17-under for the tournament after shooting 67 and 68 in the first two rounds.
Albertson said he’s had better days striking the ball than he did in Friday’s round, but he turned his shots into better scores than he had in previous tournaments.
“I haven’t been hitting it that great this week. I’ve just been playing the holes really well,” Albertson said. “I’ve been making the putts that I should make. When I get inside 10 feet, I’ve been converting on those.”
Albertson made the green on every hole Friday, except for first one when he went up and down for par.
Albertson’s eagle on the par-5 seventh set the tone. Driver off the tee and a 5-iron on the approach left him 20 feet from the cup.
He went on to birdie Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn at 4-under, then added four more birdies on the back nine.
Mercer’s Trey Rule, this year’s Atlantic Sun Conference champion, shot 63 in the third round, mastering the Druid Hills layout. Rule birdied 12 of 18 holes and would have flirted with a score in the 50s, if not for three bogeys.
Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt (65) is a stroke back of Rule.
Knowing he’s only two shots back, Albertson is confident about his game and his chances of winning the Dogwood after a personal-best finish of second in 2010.
“Honestly, if I’m on top in both aspects — ball-striking and short game — I can play better than I did (Friday),” he said. “It’s a matter of going out there and executing.”
Clemson’s Billy Kennerly is a shot back of Albertson after a 64 Friday, and the two Atlantic Coast Conference rivals will be paired together in today’s final round. Georgia State’s Davin White (68) is fifth at 15 under.
Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck (67) is sixth at 14 under — five strokes back of Rule — and said he would need to shoot a 64 just to put himself in today.
Beck had an up-and-down round to begin his week Wednesday, with eight birdies and four bogeys, but’s he’s settled down with only one bogey to show for his last 36 holes.
Beck, however, hasn’t shot enough birdies to keep up with the leaders. He had six Friday and five Thursday.
“I felt good with how I putted (Friday) and just missed a couple,” Beck said. “I’m happy with where I am and hopefully (today), I can do something special and give myself a chance.”