NEW LONDON, N.C. (AP) _ Virginia Tech rallied over the final 18
holes today to tie Georgia Tech for the team title at the Atlantic
Coast Conference men's golf championships.
The Hokies -- still reeling from last Monday's shooting deaths
of 32 students and teachers on the Blacksburg, Virginia campus --
were five strokes behind entering the final round, but came back to
lead by one stroke with one hole remaining.
But Yellow Jackets sophomore Cameron Tringale made a two-foot
putt for birdie on the 18th hole to tie the score and give the
A-C-C co-champions for the second consecutive year.
Georgia Tech and North Carolina shared the title last year after
darkness halted a playoff.
Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, which led entering the final
round on the 71-hundred-yard Old North State Club course, both
finished at 10-under-par 854, with Clemson four strokes back in
Yellow Jackets coach Bruce Heppler said after winning the
program's 10th league title that Virginia Tech taking the trophy
home will probably do their school and their athletic department a
whole lot of good.
Meanwhile, Florida State junior Jonas Blixt tied the tournament
record with a seven-under-par 65 to charge atop the leaderboard in
today's final round and win his first A-C-C individual title by one
stroke over Tringale.
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