April 24, 2010
New London, NC – Senior Luke Hopkins and freshman Crawford Reeves fired rounds of two-under-par to lead Clemson to a 285 team score and a fifth place ranking after two rounds of the 2010 ACC Men’s Golf Tournament at The Old North State Club in New London, NC.
Clemson trails defending ACC Champion Georgia Tech by 14 shots entering the final round. The Tigers were nine-under-par six holes into the round Saturday, but could not keep up the pace and played the last 12 holes at six over par. Clemson’s three under par score of 285 on Saturday was program’s ninth straight under par team round at the Old North State Club.
Hopkins got off to a fast start on Saturday, as he made birdies on the first and second holes, then made an eagle on the par five fourth hole to get to four-under-par through four holes. He then made 10 straight pars before finishing with bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes.
It was quite a day of improvement for Hopkins who had a 76 in the first round. So he went from Clemson’s high scorer to tied for low man in the second round.
Reeves, an ever improving freshman from Greenville, also had a 70 in the second round after scoring a 71 in the first round. It give Reeves consecutive under par rounds for the first two rounds for the second straight tournament, and a fifth under par round in his last seven rounds. He is tied for 13th in the individual race.
Reeves made six birdies on Saturday, including three birdies on the back nine, the only Tiger to do that. Reeves total of 141 after two rounds is tied for the best among Clemson golfers with Jacob Burger.
Corbin Mills had an even par round of 72 on Saturday, giving Clemson three golfers at par or better. He birdied all four of the par five holes, including the 18th when he got up and down from 15 yards off the front of the green. He stands at 146 after two rounds.
Jacob Burger was Clemson’s top golfer in the first round with a career best 68, Clemson’s top individual round of the tournament so far. He made birdies on the second and fourth holes to get off to a good start.
Senior Ben Martin was two under par after five holes after making consecutive birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. His 30 foot putt for birdie on five was the longest of the day by a Tiger. But he hit his tee shot on the 16th hole out of bounds and made a double bogey on the hole, and finished with a two over par 74.
The final round of the ACC Tournament will be held Sunday. Fans may follow the action on golfstat.com.
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