Naples, Florida – Bartley Forrester sits second individually after the opener with a 6-under 66 on Sunday, leading 11and-Rated Georgia Tech 281-under at Calusa Pines Golf Club, good for second place after day one of the Calusa Cup.

One of seven top-25 teams in the limited nine-team field, the Yellow Jackets recorded three birdies on the par-5 18and hole to keep pace with 16and-Rated Florida, which shot 12-under 276, in its bid for a fourth victory this year. Forrester, who earned co-medal honors at the 2020 Puerto Rico Classic as a rookie, is looking for his second collegiate victory.

TECHNICAL RANGE – Continuing the best streak in golf of his technical career, Forrester tied his spring round low and set his best over his 66. The Gainesville, Georgia junior had six birdies and no bogeys on the back nine the par-72, 7,320 yard Calusa Pines Golf Club. He finished his innings with the clubhouse lead and held onto it until the last group of the day finished their innings.

Second year Christo Lamprecht (Georges, South Africa) overcame a pair of double bogeys early in his round to play 6-under on the remaining 16 holes, posting a 2-under 70. He is tied for ninth. Senior Ben Smith (Novi, Michigan)making his second straight start, shot par 72 and is tied for 17andwhile junior Ross Steelman (Columbia, Missouri)who missed Tech’s last event with mononucleosis, added a 1 over par 73 for the Jackets and is tied for 21st.

Junior Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah) did not count for Tech Sunday after posting a 78.

Bartley Forrester is one stroke off the lead after shooting a 66-under on Sunday.

TEAM RANKING – No. 16 Florida rode a 65 from best player Ricky Castillo and two more under par to post a 12-under 277, taking a five-stroke lead over the Yellow Jackets (281, -7 ).

No. 17 Wake Forest sits third after posting a 3-under 285, followed by No. 8 Georgia (287, -1). No. 23 Purdue and top-ranked Oklahoma are tied for fifth at 290, +2). Marquette is in seventh place alone at 292 (+4), while Iowa and No. 22 Clemson close the pack at 296 (+8).

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION – Ricky Castillo of Florida won the par-5 18and hole to pass Georgia Tech’s Bartley Forrester for the lead after the first round, posting a 7-under 65 to Forrester’s 6-under 66.

Jacob Bridgman of Clemson on the 19thand-nationally-ranked player, and Georgia’s Ben Van Wyk are tied for third at 4-under 68. The Gators’ Fred Biondi, the nation’s No. 3-ranked player, Georgia’s No. 12-ranked Trent Phillips, Oklahoma’s Drew Goodman and Wake Forest’s Clay Sirsman are tied for fifth at 3-under 69.

Tech’s Christo Lamprecht, the Jackets’ highest-ranked player nationally at No. 37, is tied for ninth at 2-under 70 with Wake Forest’s Michael Brennan, Florida’s Tyler Wilkes, Iowa’s Mac McClear and Cole Bradley of Purdue.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – Georgia Tech entered the first Calusa Cup last spring and earned a second-place finish behind top-seeded Oklahoma. The event features a limited but strong field with seven of the nine teams currently residing in the top 25 of the Golfstat rankings, including No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 8 Georgia, No. 11 Georgia, No. 16 Florida, Florida No. 16, Florida No. 11. 17 Wake Forest, No. 22 Clemson, No. 23 Purdue, Iowa and Marquette. Seventeen of the country’s top 100 players are on the pitch.

The tournament is played at Calusa Country Club, which is 7,320 yards and plays to a par 72. Play begins at noon Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday, with the final round starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Each team will have five players competing with the four lowest scores counting towards the team total each day, and the tournament will be 54 holes, 18 each on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.


“It’s a great test of golf here, and our guys like the challenge. The conditions are tough at times and the rounds are long, but we handled it well today. Bart played a great round and Christo was very played well. after the first two holes. It was great to have Ross back, he and Ben played well. We just need to get Connor going.

Head Coach Bruce Heppler


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