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Jul 22, 2020

Bridgeman and Pettit to Compete in US Amateur

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson golfers Turk Pettit and Jacob Bridgeman will compete in the United States Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Club in Bandon, Oregon, August 10-16.  It will be the second US Amateur appearance for each player.  Both qualified for the 264-player field through their respective World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Normally, the USGA has qualifying competition for the field that is normally 312 strong.  But, due to  COVID-19, the organization has created other forms of qualification.  

Bridgeman played in the US Amateur at Pinehurst, NC last year.  He tied for 62nd during the 36-hole stroke play qualifier that determines the 64-player field for match play, but lost in a playoff for one of the final three spots.   Pettit reached match play at the 2017 US Amateur at Riviera Country Club in California, but lost in the first round. Clemson teammate Doc Redman went on to win that tournament and is now on the PGA Tour.

This past year both players helped the Tigers to a number-14 final ranking in the Golfweek computer ratings.   Individually, Bridgeman finished 33rd and Pettit finished 67th.     Bridgeman was Clemson’s top player in terms of stroke average with a 70.14 figure, while Pettit was second at 70.62.  Bridgeman won the Palmetto Invitational and Pettit finished second in what proved to be the final tournament of the year before COVID19 ended the season.

The two players have played a limited schedule so far this summer due to the pandemic.  Bridgeman finished 30th at the Southern Amateur in Carollton, Texas this past weekend, while Pettit reached the quarterfinals of the North-South amateur earlier this month.  Both will compete in the Sunnehanna Amateur and the Western Amateur prior to playing in the US Amateur.

The Bandon Dunes Golf Club is a par 72 course that will play to 7,218 yards.  It opened is 1993.   Among the major championships that have been held at Bandon Dunes was the 2011 United State Public Links, a tournament won by former Clemson All-American Corbin Mills.