CLEMSON, S.C. (August 6, 2021) — Clemson senior All-American Jacob Bridgeman begins play in the United States Amateur golf tournament on Monday at 8:50 a.m. Bridgeman was a big reason Clemson won the 2021 ACC Championship and finished 13th at the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. last season.
Bridgeman, one of 312 players in the field, will be paired with Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin, the NCAA runner-up to Clemson’s Turk Pettit this past May, and Ryggs Johnston of Arizona State, who finished third at the NCAAs this year. The group will begin play Monday morning at Longue Vue Club in Verona, Pa. on the ninth hole. On Tuesday they will move to nearby Oakmont Country Club to begin play at the first hole at 2:05 p.m.
The format of the tournament includes 36 holes of stroke play on August 9 and 10. The top 64 players after stroke play advances to the match play championship tournament, which will conclude on Sunday, August 15. All of those matches will be played at Oakmont.
Bridgeman was a second-team All-American this past year when he had a 70.11 stroke average – third best in Clemson history. He was named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s golf in 2021 and was a First Team All-ACC and All-District selection in addition to making Academic All-ACC and the Coaches Association Academic Scholars team. The native of Inman, S.C. won two tournaments this past year and had six top 10 finishes.
Earlier this summer, Bridgeman helped the United States Palmer Cup team to victory with a 3-0-1 record. This will be Bridgeman’s third appearance in the United States Amateur. He is looking to reach the 64-player match play championship for the first time.
Former Clemson golfers have won the United States Amateur twice, including current PGA Tour player Doc Redman in 2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Ca. Chris Patton won the United States Amateur in 1989 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Oakmont Country Club is considered the host of this year’s United States Amateur. It is the sixth time it has played host to the event and the first time since 2003 when Nick Flanagan of Australia was victorious. The history of the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont includes Bobby Jones U.S. Amateur victory in 1925.
Oakmont, which opened in 1904, has played host to the U.S. Open nine times, including as recently as 2016 when Dustin Johnson won. It has also served as host of the PGA Championship three times, the NCAA Men’s Championship three times and the U.S. Women’s Open twice.