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Burgess and Bridgeman sign with Clemson

When do two Bs equal an A? When it comes to signing two of the top golf prospects in the state of South Carolina.

Two players with an initial B in their last name has given the Tigers an early jump on an outstanding recruiting class.

Clemson signed Gracyn Burgess to play for Kelley Hester and Jacob Bridgeman to play for Larry Penley.

Both golfers were early commitments to Clemson and they both stuck with their commitments as they climbed the rankings among junior players in the country and the state.

Gracyn Burgess is joined by family and coaches as she signs on to play golf at Clemson. The new Tiger is joined (front row) by her parents Stephanie and Terry Burgess. (back row) Lexington Athletic Director Perry Woolbright, golf coach Brandon Smith, adviser Brandi Jackson and swing coach Kevin Britt.

Burgess won the Beth Daniel Player of the Year award from the SCJGA last year and the Lexington High School senior is on pace to win it again this year.

She also become the first junior girl to win both the Vicki DiSantis Junior and the Twin State Junior Girls title in the same year. She completed the hat trick with a victory in the CGA’s Girls championship giving her the titles in the three most important Carolinas tournaments.

Jacob Bridgeman is surrounded by family and friends as he signed to play college golf at Clemson.

Bridgeman was a member of the first ever Junior President’s Cup team after an outstanding summer following his junior year at Chapman High School.

He won another South Carolina AAA state individual championship and during the summer added a win at the well respected Blade Junior at Thornblade Club in Greenville.

Bridgeman also earned fourth place finish at the Trusted Choice Big I Boys National, a sixth place finish at the PGA Junior Boys championship and a second place finish at the Carolinas Boys Championship.

He is second in the SCJGA Jay Haas Player of the Year award race. He is ranked 19th in the AJGA Rolex ranking and 28th in the Golfweek Sagarin Junior Ranking.

In the last calendar year in addition to the major CGA victories, Burgess has won the Charles Tilghman Junior, the George Holiday Junior, The Myrtle Beach Shoot-out and The WSCGA Junior Championship.


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