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Bryson Nimmer set a new Clemson record when he finished on top of the field at the Clemson Invitational.
The Tiger senior added the win at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls to his three other victories this year to set a Clemson record for wins in a single year.
“My goal in every tournament is to be in contention,” said Nimmer. “If you can get in contention often enough you can win. I’m really happy with the win,” he said.
Nimmer followed his game plan to the victory.
After the first round Nimmer trailed Adrien Pendaries of Duke by two shots. The Blue Devil golfer shot an opening round 8-under 64 to better Nimmer’s 66 by two shots.
At the end of the second round Nimmer was four shots behind the leader and still in contention. Now he trailed Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans, who carded an amazing 10-under par 62 to take over the lead.
“Luke’s 62 was unbelievable, I didn’t see that out there. Being a home event and playing here as much as I do, I knew I had to go get something done today,” he said.
With birdies on holes 2 and 3 coupled with a pair of bogeys by Schniederjans, Nimmer closed in on the lead. Another birdie on the eighth hole pushed the Tiger golfer in front of Schniederjans, but still left him trailing first round leader Pendaries.
Neither Nimmer or Pendaries would make a bogey in the final round.
When Nimmer birdied four of his last five holes he opened a two shot lead over the Duke golfer who was playing five groups behind Nimmer.
“I had an idea of where I stood and since both of them (Pendaries and Schniederjans) had some birdie holes left, I thought I needed to get to at least 16 under par,” Nimmer figured.
A birdie on 18 gave Nimmer a 5-under par final nine holes, an 8-under par 64 for the final round and a 17-under par finish for the tournament.
“Bryson was really zeroed in coming down the stretch,” said Head Coach Larry Penley. “He was great off the tee and with his ball striking. He didn’t have a putt over eight feet in any of those holes,” he said.
Pendaries also birdied the final hole to finish at 16-under par, one shot behind Nimmer.
The Bluffton native posted a win at the season opening Carper Classic and then won at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. Nimmer shared medalist honors at the Puerto Rico Classic and set the record for most wins in a season by a Clemson golfer with his win at the Invitational.
Only in Hawaii did Nimmer fail to make the top-10. He has earned two second and a third place finish to go along with a seventh at the Palmetto Golf Club.
Next up for Nimmer and the Tigers is the ACC championship later in April.
As a sophomore Nimmer fought his way into a sudden-death playoff for the 2017 ACC championship, but lost out in the playoff.
Clemson has 10 days to get ready for the championship at the Old North State Club.
“I’am going to rest up and then start preparing for the ACC just like i did this week for this tournament,” said Nimmer
Tech wrecks the Clemson Invitational.
The numbers got bigger and bigger as the top college teams continued to shred par at the Keowee Falls course,
Georgia Tech finished the 54 hole event with an 812 total, 11 shots in front of Duke.
Tech golfers improved their play each day on the leader board. The Yellow Jackets started with a record setting 272 in the first round and shaved a shot off the next two rounds.
When all the damage was added up, the Yellow Jackets claimed the championship with an amazing score of 52-under par.
“This was one of the best tournament’s we have ever had,” said Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler.
According to the Georgia Tech record book the win was the third best tournament in school history.
“I would have liked to have put a few of those strokes in my pocket for next week (ACC Tournament). Golf is a funny game, you just take it when you can because it doesn’t always go your way,” he said.
Tech placed all four of their counting golfers in the top-7.
Duke finished as the runner-up 11 shots behind Tech. Georgia finished third and the host team , Clemson, finished in fourth place.
Interview with Georgia Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler