Two of the best college golfers in the country are playing great in tournaments this week. Both are highly rated in the PGA Tour University rankings and play for Palmetto State schools.
Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman has won two straight tournaments. One college championship and one PGA Tour qualifying event.
South Carolina’s Ryan Hall won The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Palmetto Club a few weeks ago and looks like he is in position to win for a second time this year this week.
Bridgeman qualified for the PGA Canada Tour by winning the qualifying tournament guaranteeing him a start in every event on that Tour after he finishes at Clemson.
The following week he blew away the field at the Linger Longer Invitational winning by 6 shots. His highest score in the tournament was a 67.
He is at it again in the first two rounds of the Valspar Collegiate at the Floridian in Palm City, Florida.
Bridgeman survived a triple bogey in his opening round to shoot a 4-under par 67. He backed it up in the second round with an 8-under par 63 to be one shot off the lead going into the final round.
Without the triple, Bridgeman could be two shots in front of Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante instead of a shot behind.
Ryan Hall has been having the same kind of run for the Gamecocks.
Hall shot10 under at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. This week he is at 10-under par with one round to go in the Hootie at Bulls Bay near Charleston.
Ryan has a one shot lead over teammate Rafe Reynolds and Sam Choi from New Mexico
Hall is currently ranked as the number 9 player and Bridgeman is 13th in the PGA Tour University ranking.
Golfers who finish in the top-5 at the end of the college season get exempt status on the Korn-Ferry Tour.
Bridgeman and the Tigers are playing in an event with a higher ranked and deeper field than Hall, but if either golfer can pull off a win those PGA Tour University rankings will certainly get a boost.
South Carolina has the team lead at the Hootie. Live scoring for the tournament is available at http://www.birdiefire.com.
The Tigers are in a tie for 7th place going into the final round trailing five top-20 teams. Valspar Collegiate scoring is available at http://www.golfstat.com.