Turk Pettit named First-Team All-American

CUTrevor 2021-06-04 14:58:54

Funny how golf works. He wasn't even the best player on the Tigers' team all season, and Bridgeman was the one who was a finalist for National Player of the Year, but since Pettit won the NCAA Individual Championship the other day, I guess he has to be First-Team All-American. That was the first tournament the senior had won since his freshman year!

CUTrevor 2021-06-04 15:02:09

Clemson, S.C.-Turk Pettit has been named a first-team All-American by the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association.   The CGCA has only announced its first team.  The second, third and honorable mention teams will be announced at a later date this month.

This is the second time Pettit has been named an All-American as he was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2018.  He is the first Clemson golfer to earn first-team All-America honors since Bryson Nimmer for the 2018-19 season.

Pettit became the second Clemson golfer in history to win the National Championship when he shot a seven-under-par score of 273 over the 72 holes on the par 70 course.   The native of Auburn, Ala.  joined former Tiger Charles Warren in winning college golf’s greatest tournament, as Warren won the 1997 tournament at Conway Farms outside Chicago, Ill.

Pettit’s season included seven top 10 finishes in just eight tournament, including three top four finishes.   His scoring average of 69.83 is the second best in school history to Nimmer’s  69.73 in 2018-19.   Pettit finished with 11 rounds in the 60s and  15 rounds under par.   He shot par or better in 19 of is 25 rounds this year, including all four rounds in the NCAA National Tournament.

Pettit  was especially impressive in the post season as he finished 10th at the ACC Championship, fourth at the NCAA Regional and was medalist at the NCAA National Tournament.  He is the fifth different Clemson golfer since to  finish in the top 10 in all three post season events  in the same year.

Pettit’s next competition will be on Monday in the  United States Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.   He is expected to turn professional some time this  summer.