The Clemson Tigers added a second place finish to their 2021 spring golf resume when they finished as the runner-up in the Kiawah Invitational being played at Kiawah Island’s Oak Point Golf Club.
Clemson opened the spring season with a third place finish in Florida at the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational.
The Tigers used a late rally to edge past Kentucky for second place behind the winning red-hot Wake Forest team.
The Demon Deacons set a school record with a 21-under par first round score and never looked back. They blitzed the field to shoot a 54 hole total of 37-under par. The 827 total earned Wake Forest a 9-shot win over the Tigers.
Deacon freshman Michael Brennan claimed medalist honors with a 16 under par total of 200. His teammate Eric Bae tied for second place at 11 under par.
Jacob Bridgeman again turned in the best scorecard for the Tigers. The junior from Inman was ranked as the number one player in the country after winning the first tournament of the year at the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational.
Bridgeman opened the tournament with a 3-under par 69 and when the weather delayed second round was completed Bridgeman stood at 4-under par.
In the final round last year’s Honorable Mention All-American bogeyed his first hole, but when the Tigers needed some closing birdies to slip past the Wildcats for second place, Bridgeman delivered.
He birdied his final two holes to help Clemson pass the Wildcats by 3-shots for the runner-up spot. His final round 4-under par 68 pushed him up into a tie for sixth place at 8-under par.
Clemson’s Turk Pettit and William Nottingham each earned a top-10 finish. Both golfers shot 6-under par 66s in the second round. Pettit carded his 66 without making a bogey.
The two Tigers tied former USC Upstate golfer Reed Bedell, who transferred from Upstate to play at Kentucky as a graduate student, in a tie for 10th.
Zach Gordon was not a part of the Clemson five playing for the team title, but the Tiger from Gaffney birdied his last five holes to finish at 5-under par 211. Gordon posted the best score of all the independent players in the field.
The host team from the College of Charleston finished in 10th place. Former SC AAAAA High School champion Zach Rueland from Rock Hill was the top Cougar earning a tie for 16th place.
Clemson will next be in action at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Palmetto club in Aiken starting on March 8th.
Complete scores are available at http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=21524