A weather forecast that included a lot of rain, wind and in general nearly impossible playing conditions forced both the ACC Men’s and Women’s tournaments to adjust their schedules.
Instead of playing 18 holes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday both tournaments played 36 holes on the first day.
Both the men and women’s events took Friday off in hopes the bad weather passes and the final round of each event will be played on Saturday.
Tigers 6th, Nimmer 4th at ACC Championship
A long day of golf started out promising for the Clemson Tigers, but a difficult end to the 36 hole day dropped Clemson into a sixth place tie with Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech took command of the team event posting a 30-under par two round total. The Yellow Jackets had shot 52-under par just a week ago to win the Clemson Invitational.
Clemson completed the morning round within striking distance of the leader. The Tigers finished the first 18 holes at 13-under par and in second place.
However, after taking a two shot lead early in the second round of the day the Tigers struggled on the back end of the front nine going 10-over par on holes 5 thru 10 to drop back in the pack.
“That stretch on holes, 5-10 was the worst we have played all year,” said Clemson coach Larry Penley.
Going into the final round the Tigers trail Tech by 24 shots. Florida State, Duke and Virginia are all tied at 563 leaving the three teams 17 shots behind the Yellow Jackets.
Bryson Nimmer, who won four tournaments this year, finished the first round in a six way tie for third place at 5-under par.
Chandler Eaton from Duke posted an 8-under par 64 to hold the first round lead, but a 6-over par 78 dropped the Blue Devil golfer back into a tie for eighth after the second round.
Nimmer opened his second round with an eagle. After adding two birdies he took the outright lead, but lost ground when he was forced to put a big number on his scorecard.
The Clemson senior carded a 3-over par 7 on the 6th hole at the Old North State Club. Nimmer finished the front nine holes at even par and completed the back nine at 2-under par.
His second round score of 70 left him at 7-under par. Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree stands at 13 under par and has a 3-shot lead over John Pak from Florida State.
Clemson will start the final round at 8:30 am and be grouped with Virginia and Wake Forest.
Clemson women in 10th place after two rounds
The women’s ACC tournament is following the same schedule as the men’s championsip. The women played 36 holes on Thursday, took Friday off and will return to action on Saturday morning at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
The Tigers struggled through the first round posting the worst first round score in the field. The Tigers shot a 308 total which was 5-shots worse than Notre Dame and North Carolina State.
In the second round of the day Clemson improved by 8-shots to move from last to 10th place in the 12 team field.
Individually Alice Hewson turned in the best performance on the first day. The Clemson senior shot rounds of 74 and 76 for a 6-over par total and a tie for 34th place in the individual standings.
Wake Forest has both the team and individual lead going into the final round.
The Demon Deacons hold a 10 shot lead over Florida State in the team standings.
Individually Emilia Migliaccio shot an opening round 6-under par 66 to go along with a 1-under par 71 for a 137 total. Migliaccio holds a 3-shot lead over teammate Siyun Liu and Duke’s Ana Belec.
The final round of the women’s championship will begin with a shotgun start at 2PM. Clemson will be grouped with Virginia and Miami starting on holes 5 thru 9.
Live scoring for both championships is available at http://www.golfstat.com