Clemson golf

Tigers tied for Birmingham lead

Zach Gordon shot a 3-under par 68 to lead the Clemson Tigers in the second round of The Collegiate Invitational being played at the Country Club of Birmingham.

The Tiger junior from Gaffney birdied three of his first four holes and only carded one bogey on his second nine holes to move into a tie for second place individually.

“Zack kept us in the hunt for the team title today,” said
head coach Larry Penley. “He started very fast. In fact he really could have made birdie on the third hole, but missed a six footer,” said the Clemson coach.

Two of Gordon’s teammates also finished the second round in the top-10 individually.

Jacob Bridgeman had some trouble finishing his round carding two bogeys late on his back nine, but the junior from Inman still is tied for fourth place.

Senior Turk Pettit also had a blip on his second nine. He doubled the 17th hole, but was able to finish at even par and in a tie for sixth place.

Tennessee moved to the lead in the tournament on the strength of the play from Bryce Lewis. The Vol golfer shot a tournament best 6-under par 65 to take the individual lead.

Lewis is at 9-under par holding a 7-shot lead over Gordon and William Moll from Vanderbilt going into the final round.

Clemson junior Zach Gordon shot a team best 3-under par 68 in the second round to help the Tigers tie Tennessee for the lead going into the final round. (GolfClub File Photo)

Tennessee and Clemson posted identical scores in the first two rounds and the co-leaders stand at 3-over par 571. North Florida is third at 8 over par.

“This course is getting more and more difficult as the week goes on,” said Penley, who will be trying to coach the Tigers to the 82nd victory of his career. “The greens will be rolling about 13 tomorrow and the wind is expected to kick up. Our guys are going to have to be patient and go into the day knowing it will be a tough course to play,” he added.

Final round of the 54 hole event will be played on Wednesday.

Live scoring is available from GolfStat at http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=20891

Lady Paladins finish tied for third at The Brickyard

Furman shot a final round 309 to move up to tie Kennesaw State for third place at The Brickyard Collegiate played at the Macon Country Club in Macon, GA.

The University of Central Florida won the tournament title by an impressive 18 shots over host Mercer University.

Anna Morgan finished as the top Lady Paladin in the field. Morgan moved up a pair of spots after shooting a 3-over par 75 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 223.

The individual title was shared by Justine Fournand from Florida Atlantic and Lauren Lightfritz from Mercer at even par.

The Lady Paladins have completed the regular season and will defend their SoCon championship starting on April 19th at the Oak Point Course on Kiawah Island.

Scores from Golfstat http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=21359

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