Aug. 17, 2007
Clemson, SC — Clemson will open its 2007-08 fall golf schedule in Japan and will also make a trip to Puerto Rico to open its spring schedule according to the nine-tournament regular season slate announced by Head Coach Larry Penley on Friday.
“We have a schedule that will be a little more regional overall, but we start the year playing in Japan,” said Penley. “We had a good experience there in 2003, the last time we went to Japan. We went on to win the national championship that year.
This will be Clemson’s fourth trip to Japan to compete in the Topy Cup. The Tigers finished second out of 12 teams in the fall of 1987, finished third in the fall of 1996 out of 12 teams and the title in a 15-team field in 2003.
“Overall, we play six events within driving distance,” said Penley. “That will allow us to miss fewer total classes over the course of the entire year than previously. Also, we have a lot of players from South Carolina, so it will be good for them and their families. We won’t be going to Las Vegas for the first time in eight years, but we added the Linger Longer at Reynolds Plantation and the Brickyard in Macon, GA.”
Clemson will also return to the Furman Invitational for the first time in 10 years. In fact, the last time Clemson played at Furman, current assistant coach Jordan Byrd played in the tournament for Furman and competed against his brother, Jonathan, who was a freshman on the Clemson team. “We have added the Furman Invitational, which I am very excited about. It will be an opportunity for Clemson fans in the upstate to see us play.”
The Tigers will have nine three-day tournaments in the regular season. It will be the first season in many years that Clemson has not had a 36-hole day of golf. Of course that could still take place if there is a rain out.
“The key stretch of the spring will be when we play four consecutive weeks between March 16 and April 6. That will give us a chance to set our lineup heading into postseason.”
The ACC Tournament will be held at The Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, NC for the seventh straight year. Clemson has won four ACC Championships on that course, including as recently as 2004.
The NCAA East Regional will be held at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga. Clemson has been sent to the East Regional 18 of the 19 years of the regional format. The other regional tournaments will be held at The Scarlet Course at Ohio State and Golf Mountain Club in Bremerton, WA. The NCAA Championship will be played at the Kampen Course at Purdue University.
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