Georgia Tech

Briefs: Hutchings medalist at GSGA tournament

Hutchings takes medalist honors

Weldon Hutchings of Macon shot a 77 for medalist honors this week in the Georgia State Golf Association Middle Section tournament at Eagles Landing Country Club.

Hutchings nipped Alex Christianson of Macon by a stroke.

Kevin Barlow of Milledgeville was three shots back and Trey Odom of Warner Robins was five back.

Samuel Speir of Warner Robins shot an 82, two better than Bonaire’s Justin Ward.

Georgia Tech’s Johnson on Dodd watch list

Georgia Tech football head coach Paul Johnson is one of 23 coaches on the preseason watch list for the 2015 Dodd Trophy, announced Friday by the Bobby Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Johnson is one of three ACC coaches of the list, joining Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.

Johnson, the 2014 ACC Coach of the Year, led the Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 record and a 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State. The Jackets, who led the nation with a school-record 342.1 rushing yards per game in 2014, finished the season ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 1990.

Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores have risen every year.

He was named 2004 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year as Navy’s head coach. Former Georgia Tech head coaches Bobby Ross (1990) and George O’Leary (2000) are previous recipients as well.

Mercer’s Ware picked for all-star team

Mercer’s Jackson Ware has been selected to participate in the Sunbelt League All-Star Game on Saturday at Olgethorpe University.

Ware joins the West Division All-Stars after batting .385 with five RBI and five stolen bases through his first 17 games for the East Cobb Patriots. The rising sophomore recorded a hit in each of his first 14 appearances of the season and currently ranks fourth in the league in both batting average and on-base percentage (.500).