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The Doctor is in at Clemson

You might think Doc Redman got the name “Doc” because of his ability to play golf with the precision of a surgeon, but you would be wrong. Doc is his given first name and it just seems to fit perfectly, especially when he is using his clubs to operate on a golf course.

Doc Hudspeth Redman has opened his practice at Clemson making headlines. He has a pair of wins in the fall portion of his freshman season. Redman earned medalist honors at tournaments in Nebraska and Hawaii while helping Clemson get a pair of team wins.

Redman was the first round co-leader and finished in a tie for second at the Palmetto Am.

Redman was the first round co-leader and finished in a tie for second at the Palmetto Am.

The Tiger newcomer from Raleigh brought outstanding junior credentials to the Clemson program and has been in the Tigers lineup for every tournament in the fall.

Redman was the North Carolina AAAA high school champion as a senior and all-state every year in high school. He finished second at the prestigious Junior Heritage and Palmetto Amateur along with collecting a handful of top-5 and top-10 finishes in major junior events before coming to Clemson.

Redman was among the top recruits in the country and the state of North Carolina so it was a little surprising when he choose Clemson to play college golf.

The freshman from Raleigh surprised some people when he choose Clemson over an in state school.

The freshman from Raleigh surprised some people when he choose Clemson over an in state school.

“Some people expected me to stay in state,” said Redman. “I think the program (Clemson) is great and I’m glad to be here,” he said.

Tigers golf coach Larry Penley is also glad he is part of the Tiger golf squad this year.

“He does a lot of things very well for a young player,” said the Clemson golf coach. “He is especially good at knowing his distances. He can take something off a shot if he needs to,” said Penley.

In his first college tournament Redman helped the Tigers to a third place finish at the Carpet Classic. He finished 11th and his final round 68 matched Bryson Nimmer for the best score turned in by a Tiger.

The next event was in the windy conditions at the Jackrabbit in Nebraska. Play was exceptional difficult because of the wind and one round had to be postponed because golf balls would not stay on the greens.

Redman won his first college tournament in only his second start. He captured the Jackrabbit championship in Nebraska.

Redman won his first college tournament in only his second start. He captured the Jackrabbit championship in Nebraska.

Redman shot a first round 63 to set a new Clemson freshman record. He went on to post 70 in his last two rounds and win the event setting another record.

The Tiger newcomer became the fastest freshman winner in program history. The win in his second event put him in front of some outstanding Tiger golfers. Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley and Austin Langdale all won as freshmen, but it took each five tournaments to earn a victory.

The Jackrabbit winner didn’t think he was doing anything special during his 9-under par round.

“It felt good, it just felt natural,” he said. “I thought it was easy and there would be other good scores,” he recalled.

The Tigers and Redman did not do as well in the next two events. The Nike Elite at Colonial in Fort Worth and the US Collegiate in Atlanta saw the Tigers finish well back in the pack.

Redman shot his worst rounds of the fall season when he carded a 75 at Colonial and a 76 at the Golf Club of Georgia. He finished 40th and 43rd in  the two tournaments.

“I struggled and we struggled, but that is how golf is. It is tough to play well every week,” he said.

Doc Redman won his second tournament of the fall season with a victory in Hawaii.

Doc Redman won his second tournament of the fall season with a victory in Hawaii.

The trip to Hawaii gave the Tigers and Redman a chance to bounce back. The team shot an amazing 20-under par in the final round to come from 12 shots off the lead and win the Ka’anapoli Collegiate Classic.

Redman shot a final round 7-under par 64 to win the individual title by two shots. He carded rounds of 66, 68 and 64 for a 198 total and his second win.

“I want to try to win every week. Coach Penley set a goal for us to be in the thick of it every week. I want to keep playing well to be near the top of the leader board on the last day,” said Redman.

The Tigers now are off until the spring semester. Players will work on the parts of their games that need attention on their own until school resumes after the holidays.

Interview with Clemson freshman Doc Redman.

 

 

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