April 17, 2009
Clemson, SC-All-American Kyle Stanley fired a three under par 69 on Friday to lead Clemson to a two-under par 286 team score and a third place standing after the first round of the 56th ACC Tournament at The Old North State Club in New London, NC. Clemson stands four shot out of the team lead and Stanley is just two shots out of the individual lead.
Georgia Tech has the team lead with a seven under par 281, while NC State stands at six under par 282. Clemson is third at 286, five shots out of the lead.
Clemson’s 286 team score was its 10th consecutive team round at par or better on the Old North State Club course. This is the 13th ACC tournament held at The Old North State Club and Clemson has won five of the previous 12.
Stanley had four birdies and one bogey on Friday and now has a team best 87 birdies for the season. He had birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12 to get to three under par, then made six straight pars to close round. Stanley is now 12 under par for seven rounds at The Old North State Club for his career. It was his 11th round under par this year.
Stanley is tied for fourth place after the first round at 69. Drew Weaver of Virginia Tech and Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech, who had a back nine score of 29, are the individual leaders at five under par 67.
David May had an opening round 71 on Friday and is tied for ninth place in the individual race. The senior from Auburn, NY had four birdies and three bogeys, but three of the bogeys came over the last four holes, including the par five 18th. May has played well over his career at The Old North State Club. Friday was his eighth round at par or better on the par 72 course and he now has a 71.2 stroke average for 10 rounds on the course.
Phillip Mollica and Ben Martin both had rounds of 73 on Friday. Martin had one birdie and one bogey on the front nine, then closed with nine straight pars. Mollica was four over after 11 holes, including a double bogey on the par four eighth hole, but he came back with three birdies over the last seven holes.
Luke Hopkins, playing his first career ACC Tournament round, had a 76 on Friday, but he birdied the final hole.
The tournament continues on Saturday at The Old North State Club. Scores can be followed on golfstat.com.
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