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Penley leads Tigers to 37th NCAA Tournament

Clemson’s ACC Championship helped earn the Tigers the top seed at the Kingston, Tennessee Regional at the par 71 Country Club of Tennessee.

The retiring Clemson coach is taking a team to the tournament for the 37th time in his 38 years as head coach.

The Tigers have drawn a difficult assignment at the Tennessee Regional. NC State played Clemson in the Match Play Semi-Finals at the ACC. Vanderbilt won the SEC Championship and is the third seed in the Region.

“No matter where we were sent it was going to be a good field and we are going to have to play well to advance to the national tournament,” said Clemson coach Larry Penley. “I’m excited to be in the tournament and excited to go to the Kingston Regional,” he said.

Clemson golf coach Larry Penley has guided the Tigers to 83 tournament titles and more NCAA Regional championships than any other coach. .

The Tigers will field the same lineup that won the ACC Championship. Jacob Bridgeman, Turk Pettit, Kyle Cottam, Colby Patton and Zach Gordon will try to help the Tigers advance to the finals.

Penley has won seven NCAA Regional Championships, more than any other coach and has taken Clemson to the national tournament 29 times, including 21 consecutive years from 1984-2004.

His 2003 Tigers are the only team to win its conference championship, a regional championship and the national championship in a row.

South Carolina will head West to the Albuquerque Regional. The Gamecocks will compete at the The Championship Golf Course at University of New Mexico.

The Gamecocks will be the 9th seed at the Albuquerque Regional in a field that features four top-25 teams in the latest rankings. Oklahoma, the top overall seed and number one ranked, will be the favorite.

The top-5 teams at all six of the NCAA Regionals, being played on May 17-19, will advance to the national championship at Grayhawk Golf Club (May 28-June 2) hosted by Arizona State.

Several individuals either won conference championships to qualify for the Regional or have been invited after outstanding seasons.

Furman’s 3-time SoCon Player of the Year Keller Harper has received the No. 1 at-large bid to participate in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Furman’s Harper is only the second SoCon golfer to win the Player of the Year award three times and will play in the NCAA Championship for the second time.

Zack Taylor from Coastal Carolina received an at-large invitation to play at the Noblesville Regional hosted by Ball State at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Indiana.

Hunter Fry from USC Upstate will compete in the Regional in Tennessee. Fry earned his invitation with a come from behind victory in the Big South conference championship.

Complete NCAA Men’s Regional assignments https://www.golfdigest.com/story/2021-ncaa-division-i-mens-golf-regionals-teams-selected

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