CLEMSON, SC – Senior Crawford Reeves will lead three freshmen and a sophomore at the Carpet Classic this weekend, the season opening golf tournament for Larry Penley’s Tigers. This will be the first Clemson opening with three freshmen in the lineup in school history.
The Carpet Classic will be played at The Farm in Dalton, GA, a par 72 hole course that has undergone a change to Bermuda greens recently. This will be the 24th consecutive year Clemson has played in the event, and the Tigers have won it four times (1992-93, 1995-96, 1997-98 and 2002-03).
This year’s 15-team tournament will feature many of the top teams in the nation, including number-one ranked Alabama, second ranked Texas, sixth ranked Auburn and seventh ranked Georgia Tech. Overall, seven of the top 25 teams in the nation will be present.
Reeves is entering his fourth year as a starter and is coming off his top season, a 71.62 stroke average that was second only to the 71.30 by Corbin Mills. Reeves missed the Carpet Classic with a back injury last year, but has played at The Farm twice previously. He finished 23rd in 2010 with a 220 score.
Billy Kennerly will be second in the Clemson lineup. The sophomore played his first career event at the Carpet Classic and finished at 10-over-par 226, helping the Tigers to a fifth place finish. He went on to have nine top 25 finishes last year, most on the team, and he was third on the team in scoring average with a 72.73 figure. He was perhaps the most consistent player on the team as he had a team best 27 rounds at 75 or better and his score counted 29 of 33 rounds.
Three freshmen, two first year freshmen and one red-shirt, will make their debut at The Farm. Cody Proveaux, a native of Leesville, SC, won the South Carolina Amateur with a score of 267 just a month ago. It was the second lowest score in the history of the event, trailing only a 266 by Lucas Glover 17 years ago. Proveaux was the AJGA Player of the Year in 2011.
Miller Capps is a second first-year freshman in the Clemson lineup. A multiple state champion in North Carolina, Capps was the second best qualifier in a six-round team event held by Penley prior to this tournament. He finished 11th at the North Carolina Amateur this past summer and reached the third round of the North Carolina Amateur Match Play.
Stephen Behr red-shirted the 2011-12 season, but he qualified for this tournament to start his second year in the program. This past summer he finished 14th at the Rice Planters and was 13th at the South Carolina Amateur.
This will be the first time Clemson has played three freshmen in any event since the Jacksonville Invitational in 2009-10 when Corbin Mills, Crawford Reeves and Brewer Bradshaw were all in the lineup.
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