Clemson golf

Hall and Phillips at the top of the SEC Championship

A pair of golfers with Palmetto State ties are leading the SEC Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club.

Two golfers with Palmetto State ties have the lead at the SEC Championship and three golfers from the state are in the top-10 of the PGA Tour University rankings.
Georgia’s Trent Phillip’s is one shot off the lead after the first round of the SEC Championship(Georgia Photo)
South Carolina’s Ryan Hall has the first round lead at the SEC Championship with a 4-under par 66. (USC photo)

South Carolina’s Ryan Hall holds the individual lead by a shot over Georgia’s Trent Phillips from Inman, SC after the first round of the championship.

Hall carded a 4-under par 66 to hold the one shot lead over Phillips.

Phillips is joined in second place by five other golfers going into the second round.

Vanderbilt shot a 7-under par 273 total to hold the team lead by 3-shots over Georgia.

South Carolina finished the first day in a tie for ninth place with a 6-over par 286 total.

SEC Championship scores

Latest PGA Tour University rankings

Both Hall and Phillips have been ranked among the top college golfers in the PGA University poll all season.

Phillips moved up three spots into the top-5 while Hall also advanced in the poll to now be in the 8th spot.

Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman is the highest ranked golfer in the poll with Palmetto State ties.

The Tiger senior moved up two spots to the fourth place in the rankings.

If Bridgeman and Phillips can hold their positions in the top-5 through the end of the college season they would both be given full status on the Korn-Ferry Tour for the year.

The top-5 college golfers get the exemption while golfers who finish between 6 and 15 are given an exemption into the final stage of the Korn-Ferry qualifying school.

Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman won a PGA Canada qualifying tournament to earn full status on the Tour beginning in June.

Bridgeman has already earned a season exemption to play on the PGA Canada Tour.

The Tiger senior won a qualifying tournament to gain the exemption and full status on the Tour which begins in June.

Phillips is guaranteed one Korn-Ferry Tour start at the Rex Hospital Open, the first week in June after the NCAA Championships.

The Bulldog senior won the exemption along with the championship at the Williams Cup in Wilmington last October.

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