Peach State teams lead Clemson Invitational

Georgia Tech and Georgia brought their A games down I 85 to the Clemson Invitational. The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs are on top of the leader board in the tournament being played at The Cliffs and Keowee Falls.

Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Clemson Invitational. (Golf Club Photo)

The home team trails the two Georgia teams and Duke as the Tigers finished the first day in fourth place.

Both Georgia schools placed four players in the top-10 of the 15 team event. Tech entered the tournament as the highest ranked team in the field and leads the nation in first round scoring average.

The Yellow Jackets, Bulldogs and third place Blue Devils each broke the tournament single round scoring record.

Tech shot a 272 total to hold a one shot lead over Georgia. Both teams topped the record for a single round  of 276 held by Clemson.

Duke finished the first round with a 275 total and Clemson shot 5-under par 283.

“There’s no way to feel bad about a 15-under day,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “I was pleased with the way we played throughout the round. That being said, I actually think we have the ability to go even lower. We left a few shots out there, so we’ll clean those up as we get ready for the second round,” he said.

The individual leader is Adrien Pendaries from Duke who shot an 8-under par 64.

The Blue Devil golfer is two shots in front of Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer. The Tiger senior is trying for his fourth individual win this year. Nimmer’s 6-under par 66 was the lowest round posted by a Clemson golfer in the history of the tournament.

Furman’s Keller Harper is tied for third place after shooting a 5-under par 67 in the opening round. (GolfClub photo)

Furman’s Keller Harper continued his fine play this year as the winner of two tournaments is three shots off the lead in a tie for third place.

Following the top three, the leader board is all Georgia. Spencer Ralston of Georgia and Andy Ogletree of Tech are tied with Harper for third place.

Tech’s Tyler Strafaci and Noah Norton are tied with Bulldog golfer Davis Thompson for sixth place.

Two golfers with ties to the Upstate are part of a 7-way tie for ninth place.Bulldog freshman Trent Phillips and Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman  shot rounds of 3-under par 69 to trail the leader by five shots.

Three Palmetto State teams are in the top half of the field. Furman is sixth, Charleston is seventh and Wofford is eighth after the first 18 holes.

The tournament continues starting at 9am on Saturday. The event is open to the public.

Complete scoring and second round Live scoring is available at http://www.golfstat.com

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