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Tigers go for two in a row at Palmetto

The Clemson Tigers have had some of their best days playing at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

The Tigers have won the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate nine times and are in position to earn their 10th championship in the final round of the 2021 tournament on Tuesday.

Clemson holds a 4-shot lead over UNC Wilmington going into the final round.

The first 36 holes of the championship were played on Monday and defending champion Jacob Bridgeman holds the individual lead by a shot over Furman’s Reynolds Lambert.

The Paladin sophomore made 10 birdies in his first two rounds to stand at 8-under par 132.

Bridgeman and teammate William Nottingham made Clemson history in the first round of the day when each golfer carded a 6-under par on the famous par 70 course in Aiken.

Bridgeman and Nottingham became the first pair of Clemson golfers to shoot 64 or better in the same round.

Bridgeman played the front nine at 1-over par, but he tied the Clemson 9-hole record held by Nottingham when he made 7-birdies to shoot 29 on the back.

Nottingham, who set the record during his freshman year, shot 30 on the back nine making four birdies in a stretch of five holes.

Two-time SoCon Player of the Year Keller Harper shot a second round 5-under par 65 to move into contention. Harper is in third place trailing Bridgeman by 2-shots.

William Nottingham and Jacob Bridgeman became the first pair of Clemson golfers to each shoot 64 in the same round. (Clemson twitter photo)

Nottingham shot an even par 70 in his second round to finish the first day in a tie with UNC Wilmington’s Blake McShea for fourth place.

The Tigers first round total of 268 was the teams low round for the year.

The host team from USC Aiken is in fourth place going into the final round.

First day scores and final round live scoring is available at http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=21039

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