No.4 Clemson Golf 3rd place after first 2 rounds of ACC Tournament

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The good news is that they are ahead of FSU and Wake, the other two powerhouses. Crazy that the ACC has 3 of the nation's top 5 teams, and none of them are in the top 2 after 2 rounds of the ACC Tourney! Play was canceled on Saturday due to rain. The Tigers will tee off on Sunday morning, and the top 4 teams after Sunday's 3rd round will begin a match play round semifinal with the championship round on Monday. The Tigers are currently a comfortable 11 shots ahead of 5th place Wake, which is ranked No.5 nationally.

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Atlanta, Ga.—Kyle Cottam shot 67 in the morning round, and Turk Pettit and Jacob Bridgeman fired rounds of 67 in the afternoon to lead Clemson to a third place standing with a score of 551 after two rounds of the 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Tournament at the Capital City Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. 


North Carolina has the team lead at 21-under-par 539.  The Tar Heels shot an ACC record 265 in the second round on Friday.   Peter Fountain’s  seven-under-par 63 tied the 18-hole scoring record that is also held by former Clemson player Brad Clark, who had a 63 in the 1985 tournament.   Clark still has the record for low score vs. par at -9, as his 63 was recorded on a par 72 course.


North Carolina has a nine-shot lead over NC State and 12 shots better than the third place Tigers.   Florida State, ranked second in the nation, is fourth at 557 and Wake Forest is fifth at 562.


For the first time, the ACC Golf Champion will be determined in a match play formatted playoff.  After the third round, the top four teams will advance to match play.  The third round is scheduled for Saturday, but there is a 100 percent chance of rain for most of the day.    The match play semifinals are scheduled for Sunday on the par 70 layout and the championship match is slated for Monday.


Thus, the most important statistic for Clemson entering the final round of stroke play is its 11-shot lead over fifth-place Wake Forest.     Clemson’s goal after the third round is to finish in the top four.


“Nine under par for the first two rounds is a good score,” said Head Coach Larry Penley, who is seeking his 10th ACC Championship.  “Obviously the goal is to reach the top four after the third round.  We are in good position, but there can be big swings in the team scores quickly.


“And, the conditions are getting ready to change.   How will  everyone adapt after playing a dry, fast course?   Conditions are going to be softer whenever we play the third round.


“We played well today, but we were a little tentative at times because of the speed of the greens.   Jacob, Turk and Kyle turned in good rounds and I was pleased with Colby Patton.  He made a triple bogey on the ninth hole in the second round, but he hung in there and played the back nine at one-under-par to shoot even par for the round.”


Pettit and Cottam both stand at three-under-par 137 after 36 holes to rank in a tie for seventh place in the individual race.   Pettit’s day included an eagle three on the 12th hole in the second round when he made a 30-foot putt.  It was his second eagle of the year and sixth of his career.   


Bridgeman, ranked second in the nation, is in 11th place at 138.  He shot a one over par 71 in the first round, then birdied each of the first two holes in the second round on the way to his 67.  He finished the day with 10 birdies, fourth best in the field of 60 golfers.


Patton had rounds of 69-70 and stands in 17th place after 36 holes at 139.   Zack Gordon had rounds of 76-74 and stands in 55th place.


One area Clemson must improve is par three scoring.  Clemson entered the tournament leading the nation in par three scoring at 3.02 per hole.  Clemson was 10th in the field on Friday with a 3.18 average.


First Round review

Clemson shot three-under-par 277 to rank in a tie for third  with second-ranked Florida State after the first round. Kyle Cottam was Clemson’s top player in the first round with a three-under-par 67, tied for his low round of the year.   The senior who plans to come back for his super senior year next season had six birdies and three bogeys.   His six birdies tied for fifth most in the field for the first round.         


Colby Patton also was proficient in converting birdies as he made five birdies on the way to a one-under-par 69,  his eighth round in the 60s this year, second best on the team.    Turk Pettit  made a birdie on the final hole to shoot 70.  It was his 11th round at par or better this year. 


Jacob Bridgeman had a trying round driving the ball.  He had three wayward drives and shot +5 on those holes.  He was four –under on the other holes to finish with a one over par 71. 


Results after 36 Holes of ACC Men’s Golf Tournament

Capital City Crabapple Course, Atlanta, Ga

April 23, 2021


Team Scores

1.  North Carolina  539,  2.  NC State 548,  3.  Clemson 551,  4.  Florida State 557,  5.  Wake Forest   562,  6.  Georgia Tech 564,  7. Duke, 566;  8.  Louisville 572 and Virginia 572,   10.  Notre Dame 573,  11.  Virginia Tech 574,  12.   Boston College 575.


Clemson Individuals

7.  Turk Pettit  70-67/137;   Kyle Cottam   67-70/137;  11.  Jacob Bridgeman  71-67/138;   17. Colby Patton   69-70/139;   55.  Zack Gordon   76-74/150.

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Atlanta, Ga.—Saturday’s play at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Capital City Crabapple Course has been rained out.    The 12 teams will return to the course on Sunday morning  at 7:30 a.m.   Clemson players will tee off the first hole between 8:30 a.m. and 9:18 a.m.

All 12 teams had at least one player  complete holes when play was halted.   Clemson’s Zack Gordon had completed two holes and was one-under par.     Some players on other teams had completed as many as seven holes.

Given the conditions, the  league has decided to restart the third round, so none of the scores recorded on Saturday morning will count.

The 12 teams will play the third round on Sunday morning.  Then the top four teams will play the semifinals of the match play Sunday afternoon.   One match will begin off the first tee and the other will begin off the 10th tee.  The championship  match will be held Monday as scheduled.   The weather forecast for Sunday and Monday in the Atlanta area is clear.

Clemson enters the third round at nine-under-par and in third place.    The Tigers are 12 shots behind leader North Carolina and  11 shots ahead of fifth-place Wake Forest.

Clemson has not played in a match play tournament this year, but has won its last two match play events.  Clemson was co-champion of the Jack Nicklaus Match Play in Dublin, Ohio in the fall of 2018 and won the same event in the fall of 2019.  

Overall, Larry Penley coached Clemson teams are 19-11-1 in match play competition over his 38-year career.