NOTICE: The ACC tournament will be concluded on Saturday with 36 holes of competition. Concerns about bad weather on Sunday has caused tournament officials to make the change. Teams will begin the second round at 7:30 am off split tees and will play continuously to complete the final 36 holes.
Bryson Nimmer has the lead after the first round at the ACC Championship being played at Musgrove Mill Golf Club near Clinton.
The Clemson sophomore shot a 6-under par 66 to hold a one shot lead over Cristobal Del Solar of Florida State and Ben Griffin of North Carolina.
“I hit my driver really good today. I took advantage of the par-5s,” said Nimmer. “On most of the par-5s I hit it three or four feet and that is big. They were kind of gimmies and on a few other holes I hit my irons close,” he said.
The only blemish on Nimmer’s scorecard was a bogey on the very demanding par-3 17th hole. He was not alone as two of his teammates also bogeyed the hole.
In fact if the Tigers had just parred the hole they would have the lead by a shot over Duke, instead it is the Blue Devils at 11-under par on top of the leader board. FSU is second and Clemson is third two shots behind Duke.
Nimmer had good support in the round from Carson Young and Doc Redman. Young shot a 3-under par 69 to be tied for seventh. Redman birdied the 18th hole to finish at 1-under par.
A pair of Tigers had mixed results playing in their first ACC championship. Freshman William Nottingham shot a 1-over par 73 and is tied for 25th. Josh Fickes, filling in for the injured senior Austin Langdale, had a difficult day finishing his round at 10-over par.
“The team is playing really well today. Will (Nottingham) was pretty solid playing in his first ACC. Carson and Doc have us in it and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend,” said Nimmer.
The rest of the weekend for the teams in the tournament will only be one day. After the round was completed ACC officials decided to play 36 holes on Saturday, instead of a Sunday final round.
The weather looks like it could make Sunday’s round very difficult and maybe even unplayable so to have the opportunity to play the full 54 hole event ACC officials have decided to play 36 holes on Saturday starting at 7:30 am.
“I kind of like it. We all know Sunday is not going to be very good. I’d rather play when it is pretty good rather than trudge through the rain and all the elements,” said the first round leader.
The Tigers will be paired with Duke and Florida State. The teams will play the second and third round with the same group to save time regardless of scores. The third round will not be re-paired.
The tournament is open to the public and free of charge at Musgrove Mill Golf Club.
Live scoring is available at http://www.golfstat.com.
Interview with first round leader Bryson Nimmer.