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Clemson advances to NCAA Finals

Clemson team at Chapel HillThe Clemson Tigers will play in the NCAA National Championship. The Tigers finished in the fifth spot at the Chapel Hill Regional. The top five teams advance to the National Championship to be played May 29th to June 3rd at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.

Miller Capps led Clemson with a 3-under par 69 in the final round at the Chapel Hill Regional.

Miller Capps led Clemson with a 3-under par 69 in the final round at the Chapel Hill Regional.

Clemson was led by Miller Capps in the final round. The junior shot a 3-under par 69 to post the best final round for Clemson.

The Tigers started the final round in sixth place. The top-five teams advance to the National Championship so the pressure was on the Tigers.

“This was a test of our team’s character and we have been a team of strong character all year,” said head coach Larry Penley. ” We showed that at the ACC Tournament when we made up a five-shot deficit over the last two holes to force a playoff,” added the coach.

Austin Langdale, who shot a second round 4-under par 68, finished with a 1-under par 71 and in a tie for seventh place. Billy Kennerly, who got the Tigers off to a good start with an opening round 5-under par 67, finished at even par in the final round to move into a ninth place tie.

Cody Proveaux and Stephen Behr finished at even par to help Clemson post a 4-under par 284 total for the tournament.

“I said yesterday that it is important to have all five players in the game, especially in the final round,” said Penley. “We had that today, in fact all five players shot par or better. That is a clutch performance in the last day of a regional,” added the head coach.

Austin Langdale and the Tigers enjoying the ride home from Chapel Hill.

Austin Langdale and the Tigers enjoying the ride home from Chapel Hill.

Charlotte, Stanford, Florida and Florida State finished ahead of Clemson and will join the Tigers at the NCAA finals.

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