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Clemson’s season ends in playoff, Furman’s Lape advances to finals

Georgia Tech posted a 53-under par total to win the Clemson hosted Salem Regional at The Cliffs at Keowee and will advance to the NCAA championship. (Georgia Tech Photo)

The Clemson Tigers needed a late rally in the ACC Tournament to boost their won loss record over 500 to qualify for the NCAA Regional.

It took an even bigger rally on the last day of the Clemson hosted regional at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls to give the Tigers a chance to advance to the NCAA Finals.

This time the rally came up short.

Clemson shot a final round 13-under par to tie Texas A&M for the fifth and final spot to advance to the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk in Arizona later this month.

In the playoff, it took a 50-foot eagle putt from Phichaksn Maichon to help the Aggies top Clemson 20-21 in the playoff for the 5th and final spot to advance from the Regional.

“We showed a lot of grit to come back and force a playoff on the last round.,” said Clemson coach Jordan Byrd. “This is really difficult to accept right now (one shot from making the national tournament), but this experience will make us better.  We have a lot to be proud of,” said the Clemson coach.

Georgia Tech shot an amazing 53 under par to win the Region over Arkansas by 4-shots with North Carolina, and New Mexico finishing third and fourth.

Sam Lape qualified for the NCAA Championship and is congratulated by Furman head coach Matt Davidson and Assitant James Barlett. (Furman Photo)

Furman’s Lape advances to NCAA Finals

Furman was making its first appearance in an NCAA Regional in ten years. The Paladins finished 10th, but senior Sam Lape qualified for the NCAA finals with his second place finish.

Lape carded an 8-under par final round to climb eight places in the individual standings to finish 2-shots behind North Carolina’s Ryan Burnett for medalist honors.

Lape’s second-place finish marks the highest regional finish in Furman men’s golf history.  He will be the first Paladin to compete at the NCAA Championship since Kirk Satterfield finished fifth at the 2001 NCAA East Regional to advance to the finals.

“Sam is an aggressive player and a great putter, and when he gets it going like he did this week, it’s a lot of fun to watch,” said Furman coach Matt Davidson.  “The NCAA Championship will be a great experience, and he is going in with a ton of momentum,” added Lape’s coach.

Scores form the NCAA Salem Regional https://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=27708

Anderson is fifth at the NCAA DII Finals

The Trojans only trail teams that are ranked higher than Anderson going into the final round of stroke play at the DII Finals being played in Eueka, Missouri.

Anderson is at 16-over par after the first two rounds. The Trojans are 4-shots in fronf of the eighth place team, Cal State San Marcos.

The top eight teams, after the final round of stroke play are reseeded and begin match play to determine the DII Champion.

Limestone is tied for 14th at 38-over par, well behind the eighth qualifying team.

NCAA DII Championship scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=26033

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