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Clemson wins first Clemson Invitational

Carson Young was one of three Tigers to tie for third place.

Carson Young was one of three Tigers to tie for third place.

The Clemson Tigers started what is expected to be an annual event the right way. The Tigers dominated the field at the first Clemson Invitational played at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls.

The Tigers shot their worst team round of the 54 hole tournament, but where able to increase their lead to 11 shots over runner-up Georgia Tech by the end of the event.

“It is real specail and an honor to win this first tournament,” said Clemson golf coach Larry Penley. “We played some good golf, especially on the back nine,” he said.

The individual title was claimed by Vince Whaley of Georgia Tech. The Yellow-Jacket golfer finished at 8-under par for a two shot victory over Robin Sciot-Seigrist of Louisville.

Stephen Behr joined teammates Langdale and Young in a third place tie.

Stephen Behr joined teammates Langdale and Young in a third place tie.

Clemson had three golfers tie for the third place at 1-under par. First round leader Austin Langdale along with Stephen Behr and Carson Young all finished  at 215.

“The key was we had 5 guys in it all day, each day. Our guys were very consistent,” said the coach.

In addition to the three Tigers who tied for third, freshman Bryson Nimmer tied for 12th place and after a difficult first round senior Miller Capps played the final 36 holes at 3-over par.

“We’re resilient, we are tough and we are grinders. We hung in their and got it done,” said Penley.

Austin Langdale shot his career best round in the first round and finished in a tie for third place.

Austin Langdale shot his career best round in the first round and finished in a tie for third place.

The Clemson coach had high praise for everyone at The Cliffs who helped make the tournament a success.

“Usually we play in front of family and a few girl friends so it was great to see some good crowds out here to watch our team play,” concluded Penley.

The Tigers entered the tournament ranked 11th in the country and will next play in the ACC tournament and then expect an invitation to the NCAA Regionals.

 

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