Clemson, S.C.—Billy Kennerly fired a final round 71 to lead Clemson to a second-place finish at the Yale Spring Invitational at the Yale University Golf Club in New Haven, Conn on Sunday. It was the final regular season tournament for Larry Penley’s Tigers, who will play in the ACC Tournament at The Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C. next weekend.
Wake Forest won the tournament that featured six ACC teams with an 825 team score, the third win of the year for the Demon Deacons. Clemson was second at 853, followed by Virginia at 854 and Duke at 855. Host school Yale was fifth at 866. The par 70 Yale University Course will be one of six sites for the NCAA Regional Tournament May 14-16.
Clemson finished second for the second time this spring. The Tigers were also runnerup at the Palmetto Invitational in Aiken, S.C. in March. Clemson gained a victory at the Hummingbird Invitational in the fall.
Kennerly finished with a 210 total of his 54 holes after rounds of 72-67-71, good enough for sixth place in the field of 14 teams and 73 golfers. It was his fifth top 10 of the year, best on the Clemson team.
The only senior in the Clemson lineup finished the regular season with a 71.19 stroke average, one pace to be the best by a Clemson golfer since Kyle Stanley finished with a 70.87 stroke average in 2007. This marked the fourth time Kennerly was Clemson’s top player in a tournament this year.
Cody Proveaux and Austin Langdale were tied for 16th with scores of 216 over the two-day event. Langdale had three consecutive scores of 72, while Proveaux went 71-70-75. It was the best finish of the year for Langdale, who has played in just three events due to injury.
Stephen Behr tied for Clemson’s second best player on Sunday with a two over par 72 and finished tied for 21st with a 217 total. It was Behr’s best finish since he was 15th at the Palmetto Invitational in early March.
Miller Capps was Clemson’s top player in the first round with a 69 and he finished with a 219 total after a 76 on Sunday. He finished 30th overall.
Yale Spring Invitational
April 18-19, 2015
Yale University Course, New Haven, Conn.
1. Wake Forest 825, 2. Clemson 853, 3. Virginia 854, 4. Duke 855, 5. Yale 866, 6. Harvard 867, 7. Virginia Tech and Michigan State 875, 9. Hartford 879, 10. UCONN 881, 11. Towson State and Boston College 888, 13. Brown 901.
6. Billy Kennerly 210, 16. Cody Proveaux 216, 16. Austin Langdale 216, 21. Stephen Behr 217, 30. Miller Capps 219.
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