Overview:. Freshman starter who finished fourth on the 2017-18 team in stroke average with 72.91 average…played in every event as a member of Clemson lineup…one of three freshman starters on Clemson’s NCAA National Tournament team …capable of going low, his five eagles led the Clemson team and he had 113 birdies, third on the team.…brother Kole was starting catcher for University of Kentucky baseball team and ranked among the top home run hitters in college baseball in 2018.
2017-18: Had an outstanding freshman year as starter in every tournament….his 72.91 stroke average ranked eighth in Clemson history among freshmen…strong starter with 71.54 stroke average in his first round, third on the Clemson team….that included opening round 71 at NCAA National Tournament at Stillwater, Okla.…had three top 10s, including second career tournament at Trinity Forest, site of recent PGA Tour event, where he had season best 207, six-under-par, to finish third in a national field…had six rounds in the 60s, 11 under par rounds and 15 rounds at par or better…his score counted in 28 of 34 rounds and had best score of the day seven times…hit fairway 72 percent of the time and 65 percent in terms of GIR… five of his six rounds in the 60s were in the fall, but his stroke average in fall and spring were nearly identical… his six-under-par 66 at the Golf Club of Georgia in the fall showed his capabilities, it tied for the second best round of the fall by any Tiger and was the best round posted by a Clemson player on that course in history…Clemson’s best player by four shots that day…five of his last eight rounds of the fall were in the 60s…had third-place finish at Trinity Forest to lead the Tigers with a 207 score, six-under-par…then finished the fall with identical 214 totals at Nike and Golf Club of Georgia…was in contention at Golf Club of Georgia after rounds of 69-66, but then stumbled to a 79 in the final round to finish 37th…had at least 10 birdies in seven consecutive tournaments entering the NCAA Championships, then had nine at Stillwater……had a pair of top 10s in the spring, he finished eighth at Irish Creek to help Clemson to a victory, then finished seventh at Clemson Invitational…shot two under par 214 at ACC Tournament…shot 222 at NCAA Regional, but had clutch 72 in the final round to help Clemson to second-place team finish….started out with rounds of 71-74 at NCAA Championships at Oklahoma State, but finished 82-78 and was 75th for the four rounds with a 305 total.
Summer 2017: Finished second at the Tennessee Junior Amateur with a 212 score…had rounds of 70-70-71 for one under par total…shot 142 at his US Amateur qualifier…shot 150 for 36 holes at Tennessee State Amateur in August.
Prior to Clemson: Won Tennessee State championship with a six-under-par score of 138 in October of 2016, five shots ahead of his nearest competitor… led his Knoxville Catholic team to a second-place finish….also led his high school team to the regional championship with a fourth-place individual finish in September of 2016…. also fifth at the 2014 state tournament…on the amateur circuit, Cottham had eight top 11 finishes in the last two years on the Sneds Tour….finished fifth at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Innisbrook in 2015 and had three top 10s on the AJGA circuit for his career…a three-time Tennessee Junior Cup player and was Most Valuable Player his final year.
Personal: From an athletic family, Cottam’s mother played basketball at Memphis, his dad played baseball at Memphis and his brother Kole is a junior starting catcher on the University of Kentucky baseball team.
Cottam Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional: Rory McIlroy
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Kyrie Irving
Favorite Course I have Played: Greenbriar
Toughest Course I have Played: TPC Sawgrass
Best All-time rounds: 63 at Fox Den Country Club
Best Part of my game: Short Game
My Favorite Club: Putter
Part of my Game I Need to Improve: Distance control with my Wedge
Biggest Influence on my golf career: Dad and brother
Dream Foursome: Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Jordan Langworthy (World Cornhole Champion).
Kyle Cottam Tournament by Tournament, 2017-18
Date Tournament 1-2-3 Par Tot Fin
9/8-10 Carpet Classic 76-76-75 +11 227 60
9/24-26 Trinity Forest 71-69-67 -6 207 3
10/1-3 NIKE Elite 73-73-68 +1 214 33
10/20-22 Golf Club of Georgia 69-66-79 -2 214 37
2/18-20 Puerto Rico Classic 74-77-75 +13 226 52
3/11-13 Bandon Dunes 71-73-72 +3 216 33
4/7-8 Irish Creek 68-70-78 +3 216 8
4/13-14 Clemson Invitational 71-74-73 +2 218 7
4/20-22 ACC Tournament 70-71-73 -2 214 28
5/14-16 NCAA Regional 73-77-72 +6 222 35
5/25-28 NCAA National 71-74-82-78 +17 305 75
Cottam Career Statistics Top
Year Tr Rds Strks 60s -75 -Par Par Avg 10 BR BT
2017-18 11 34 2479 6 26 11 3 72.91 3 66 207