Clemson, S.C.—The Clemson men’s golf team will participate in the 13th annual Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational this Friday through Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia. Clemson is one of 14 teams in the national tournament that includes four of the top 10 and seven of the top 25 teams in the nation according to the latest Golfstat rankings.
Each team will play 18 holes a day Friday through Sunday on the par 72 course that is 7017 yards in length. Georgia Tech is the host school.
Clemson is coming off a co-championship of the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Match Play in Dublin, Ohio. The Tigers and Georgia Tech reached the championship round, but the match was not played due to weather and thus were declared co-champions. It was the first championship or co-championship in a match play tournament in Clemson history.
The 15th ranked (Golfstat) Clemson team will take a senior, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen to this weekend’s tournament. The Tigers are led by ACC Player of the Month for September Bryson Nimmer. The senior has a 67.33 stroke average for nine rounds so far this year with seven rounds in the 60s. He won the Carpet Classic in Dalton, Georgia in the first week of September and also won the Maui Jim Collegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona, before finishing second by a shot at the NIKE Elite.
Turk Pettit will be Clemson’s No. 2 player. The sophomore who now lives in North Carolina after playing high school golf in Alabama, has a 71.50 stroke average and is coming off a fine performance at the Match Play where he had a 1-0-1 record. Pettit finished even par with a 210 score at the Nike Collegiate in his last stroke play event.
William Nottingham will be No. 3 in the Clemson lineup and enters with a 70.56 stroke average, second on the Clemson team. The Clemson record holder for the lowest single round (62), has three rounds in the 60s and all nine of his rounds are at 75 or better so far this year.
Jacob Bridgeman and Zack Gordon, a pair of freshmen, round out the Clemson lineup. Bridgeman has a 72.77 stroke average for nine rounds, including a pair of rounds in the 60s. Gordon has a 72.33 stroke average and is coming off a 2-0-0 match play record at the Jack Nicklaus.
Clemson has won the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate twice, in 2006 and 2009. The Tigers finished tied for sixth last year. Clemson’s last top five finish was in 2015 when Clemson finished third. Clemson’s only medalist in the tournament has been Stephen Poole, who won in 2006.
Golf Club of Georgia Invitational
October 19-21, 2018
Golf Club of Georgia, Alpharetta, Georgia
Lakeside Course (Par 72, 7017 Yards)
Bryson Nimmer (Bluffton, SC, Senior, 67.33), Turk Pettit (Auburn, Ala., Sophomore, 71.50), William Nottingham (Kingsport, Tenn, Junior, 70.56), Jacob Bridgeman (Inman, SC, Freshman, 72.77), Zack Gordon (Gaffney, SC, Freshman, 72.33)
Clemson Head Coach: Larry Penley
(77 career wins, two (2006, 2009) at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate)
Participating teams with Golfstat* rankings as of Oct. 11: Alabama (5), Clemson (15), Duke (2), East Tennessee State (102), Florida State (34), Georgia Tech (3), New Mexico (52), Southern California (11), Stanford (28), TCU (45), Texas A&M (13), UCLA (74), Virginia (39), Wake Forest (9