The rising Etowah senior shot 75-73 to finish with 148 in Monday's U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at Pinetree Country Club. It was good enough for a second-alternate position, but prevented Albertson from being a top-five qualifier.
"It's a little disappointing," he said. "I was looking forward to getting in on my last try but I don't think it's going to happen."
Sam Straka of Valdosta won the event, firing a 73-66 to finish with a 5-under 139, while Austin Vick of Evans was second at 143.
Straka finished his last 18 with seven birdies and an eagle.
Ollie Schniederjans, a Harrison standout and, like Albertson, a Georgia Tech commitment, shot 69-75 to finish with an even-par 144 to tie for third with Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala. Kevin Lee of Dacula rounded out the top five with a 145 and Ted Moon of Lilburn was the first alternate with a 147.
Albertson was still in the hunt after the first round, despite shooting 3 over, but would have needed to shoot under par in the second round to have a good shot. He got off to a good start in the second round, and was 1-under after the first five holes, but two bogeys before the turn got him in trouble.
Albertson was still 1 over with three holes left to play and had an opportunity for eagle on the 16th hole - a 505-yard par-5 - but was unable to capitalize and had to settle for par.
Schniederjans was nearly flawless in the first 27 holes, and birdies on the 16th and 17th holes in the second round helped secure a top-five finish. However, his second round didn't end the way he planned. He quadruple-bogeyed 18 after his third shot from the bunker on the left of the green went out of bounds for a one-stroke penalty.
"I was 4 under at that point and hit a good drive on (No. 18)," Schniederjans said. "I was guaranteed (a par), but I had a rough lie in the fairway that landed in the bunker. Instead of being smart and pitching it out in the fairway, I decided to (hit) it over the green and make an 8."
In the first round, Schniederjans executed on the four par-5 holes, making birdie on three of them.
Woodstock High golfer Eric Burns was in the running but didn't make the first-round cut after shooting 82.