The Tiger Golf Gathering is a homecoming for the many Clemson golfers who have gone on to play professionally. It is a chance to give something back to the program that helped many Tigers reach their goal of playing on a PGA Tour.
When former players put together the first Gathering it started as more of a reunion, but over the course of almost 20 years has morphed into an important fund raising event for the Clemson Golf Teams and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
This year the biennial event saw current Tour players Jonathan Byrd, Doc Redman, Kyle Stanley and Ben Martin spend a couple of days in Greenville.
They were joined by aspiring Tour players Turk Pettit, Carson Young, Peter Mathison and current Tigers who hope to follow in all their foot steps.
They played a little golf, shook some hands, signed some autographs, snapped a few selfies and enjoyed being among former teammates and Tiger fans.
“We had a lot to celebrate this year,” said Charles Warren, who was one of the founders of the event. “Lucas Glover had a big win on Tour, Turk Pettit won the NCAA, the team won the ACC and we got to honor Larry Penley for his great career,” he said.
The Gathering included two days of golf at the Greenville Country Club. An evening social that let old friends catch up and shake more hands and take more selfies and bid on auction items to add to the fund raising total.
“We raised more this year than we have done before. We appreciate our new title sponsor Old South Trading Company and so many of our sponsors who have been with us since we started,” said Warren.
One of the highlight items in the silent auction was for a three-some to join Glover to play a round of golf at Congaree, the site of last year’s Palmetto Championship.
Doc Redman won the 2017 US Amateur during his time at Clemson. Now on the PGA Tour Redman expressed the sentiment of all the Tour players from Clemson.
“Its awesome to see how everyone supports Clemson golf,” said Redman. “It is great to see familiar faces and have that kind of support system,” he said.
While other colleges have more golfers on Tour, the Clemson golf program is well represented and with almost a dozen more former Tigers at some stage of their quest for a PGA Tour card it is only a matter of time when there is even more Orange on Tour.
“It is great to see so many of us out there and represent Larry (Penley) and Coach Byrd and represent all the hard work they put in to help us get there,” said Redman.
The weekend was obviously full of orange, but Redman sees Tiger fans at almost every event he plays on Tour.
“There is a lot of orange in the crowd and people yelling go Tigers. It is great to have fans like that out there,” noted Redman.
The main event of the gathering was The Tiger Am. More teams than expected signed up for the tournament at Chanticleer so men’s coach Jordan Byrd had to get his clubs to fill out a team.
The winning team of current Clemson golfer Jacob Bridgeman, Grant Burns, Steve Ferguson and Joe Lenoir shot a 48 in the captain’s choice format.
The team of the 2021 NCAA Champion Turk Pettit, Dan Wagner, David Land and Jeff Reeves finished second one shot back.
Retired Clemson coach Penley teamed up with 2001 ACC champion Jon Engler, Brennan King and Henry Owen for third place..
When the Gathering began it was held every year, but as many of the early Tiger professionals began families they could not be in Greenville every year.
The next Gathering will be in two years and if the past is any indication of the future there will be more reasons to celebrate when the Tigers gather again in 2023.
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