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Big Day for the Clemson golf teams

The Clemson men’s and women’s team were both in action and both had very good days on the golf course.

Alice Hewson is two shots off the individual lead at the ACC Women’s Tournament.

The women, playing the second round of the ACC Tournament, are tied for 2nd place with Florida State and North Carolina. The three teams trail Duke by nine shots going into the final round on Saturday at The Reserve Club on Pawleys Island.

The men’s team is playing in its last regular season tournament before the ACC tournament next week. After the first 36 holes the Tigers trail the host team from North Carolina State by two shots going into the final 18 holes.

William Nottingham set a new Clemson scoring record with a 9-under par 62 at the Wolfpack Spring Open.

Clemson was led by William Nottingham. The freshman set a new scoring record for the school. Nottingham shot a 9-under par 62 on the par-71 Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh and stands at 10-under par for the first two rounds.

After shooting a 1-under par 70 in the opening round Nottingham carded 12 birdies in the second round. Nottingham made birdies on nine of ten holes and reeled off seven straight birdies between hole number 5 and number 15.

The 62 broke the old Clemson scoring record that was held by three golfers including Clemson’s other freshman starter Doc Redman. Redman shot his 63 at the Jackrabbit earlier this year.

Carson Young, who has a win and a runner-up finish in his last two tournaments, is at 6-under par and is tied for seventh after 36 holes.

The tournament is led by Jonathan Brightwell of UNC Greensboro who has a two round total of 12-under par and a two shot lead over Nottingham.

Josh Fickes carded a hole-in-one on the 17th hole.  The Clemson junior was in the line-up filling in for senior Austin Langdale who is resting an injured wrist. Langdale is expected to be ready for the ACC Tournament next week.

The Tigers are trying to win their sixth straight tournament. Clemson won their fifth straight event last week taking the top spot at the Clemson Invitational.

Alice Hewson continued to be the top Tiger at the Women’s ACC. The Tiger sophomore is at 2-under par for the first 36 holes and is tied for fourth place. Hewson trails tournament leaders Kim Metraux of FSU and Leona MaGuire of Duke by 2 shots.

Ana Paula Valdes shot her second straight even par 72 to be tied for seventh place going into the final round.

“Overall I am pleased with how we have played the first two days,” said Clemson coach Kelley Hester.  ““I was proud of our team for the way they hung in there.  There were some points where it could have gotten away for us. We are in contention,” she added.

Freshman Ana Paula Valdes is tied for 7th at the ACC Women’s tournament.

Sydney Legacy is tied for 16th and freshman Kennedy Swann improved by six shots in the second round to help the Tigers stay in second place.

The final round for both the men and women will be played on Saturday.

Live scoring for both tournaments is available at http://www.golfstat.com

File photos from The Golf Club Newspaper.

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